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Cowork4YOUTH Collaborative and Sharing Workspaces: Policies for YOUTH in EEA peripheral regions

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Role: Project Partner

Funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

Objective: Cowork4YOUTH is an Analysis and Research project aiming to increase knowledge on the impact of existing policies and offer policy suggestions to enhance youth employment opportunities in less developed EEA regions. The project adopts a transnational/ regional perspective by focusing on a binary of non-metropolitan regions across all study countries, especially Greece, Italy, Spain, and Ireland: tourism-dependent, island or remote coastal regions, on the one hand, and regions facing energy transition, decarbonisation or intense industrial decline on the other. This binary suffers from relatively high NEET rates and its comparative study will allow for deeper understanding of the impact of employment policies on youth and for designing more effective policies through socially-oriented platform economy and collaborative work practices. The latter are seen as a way of providing alternative means of access to a living wage.

The direct target groups are the, usually ignored, NEETs aged 25-29; particular emphasis is put on young mothers and the long-term unemployed. The project explores the employment prospects for these end beneficiaries through collaborative practices, co-working spaces-as-‘learning middlegrounds’ and other alternatives. The project’s transnational added value is the combined effect of its multi-scalar approach Transnational Research Network & Observatory Partners’ common effort towards formulating adequate policy suggestions For this purpose the partnership is composed of a Lead, 4 Beneficiary and 2 Expertise partners, organised in adequate research and operational subgroups and spread across the countries under focus. Cowork4YOUTH will expand its impact beyond the funding duration following an integrated sustainability and scalability plan.

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