RADAR project

Youth unemployment has been one of the burning problems of both Croatia and the European Union for many years, and recently the inactivity of young people in the labor market has been recognized as a major problem. That is why the name NEET (not in education, implementation or training) was coined, which refers to young people aged 15 to 29 who do not work, are not in the system of regular education or in the system of adult education and are not registered in the unemployment register. person of the Croatian Employment Service. Data from the end of November 2017 on the generation of students 2016/2017 who came out of the education system tell us that 2.658 of them are as much as 87,9 percent in NEET status, which confirms the thesis of the burning problem of youth inactivity in the labor market and in our county. The implementation of the Youth Guarantee measures and the coverage of the age group from 25 to 29 affected the reduction of youth unemployment, however, a part of young people remained not covered by the Guarantee measures.

Recognizing these needs, together with partners we applied for the project RADAR to the public call "Find me!" (UP. from the European Social Fund, Operational Program Effective Human Resources 2014. – 2020. ”, issued a decision on 2014 of May 2020 determining that the project had been awarded 1.825.847,86 kuna with 100% co-financing by the European Union.

Center of Technical Culture Rijeka project RADAR wants to increase employment opportunities 40 inactive young people in NEET status from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County changing their perception of their own position in the labor market and positively influencing their actual position in the labor market by strengthening the self-confidence, knowledge and skills needed for (self) employment.

RADAR naked free program counseling, mentoring in education and job search, development of soft and transversal skills, gaining work experience, involvement in the work of associations in the field of sports and technical culture and training in the field of administration.

In order to reach inactive NEET persons and determine the reasons for their inactivity, it will be carried out public campaign and testing and selective interviewing with people belonging to the target group. 40 person will be included in the program reactivations in the labor market and will be developed for this purpose through orientation interviews individual plans which will define the interests and needs of users. All users are required to participate in the process of consulting, mentoring and developing an individual plan, and after that the beneficiaries will be involved in other project activities that they choose according to their individual wishes and interests.

Young NEETs will be able to engage in three types of activities: (1) support activities, (2) activation activities, and (3) education activities.

Support activities, in which all project beneficiaries are involved, include assistance counselor / mentor who will conduct counseling and mentoring activities. The goal of counseling and mentoring is to identify and remove barriers that hinder a person's access to employment, provide professional support in education and training, and support users during their job search to help them realize individual plans and keep them motivated for further personal development. Counseling and mentoring have proven to be crucial in working with NEETs so far as they increase job readiness, as well as the self-confidence and belief of users that they will get and keep a job.

Activation activities include the development of transversal and soft skills.
Transversal skills covered by the project are: digital literacy and foreign languages, where users will participate in ECDL education and foreign language learning. Goal is to develop in the user the skills needed for all occupations, especially for administrators in sports organizations i assistants on EU projects.

Soft skills covered by the project are: presentation skills and business communication, development of work habits and taking responsibility, teamwork, negotiation, resource management, especially time and motivation.
For this purpose it will be organized two half-day workshops in Rijeka, two weekend workshops in the area of ​​Gorski kotar or the island te involving users voluntarily in the work of associations from the field of mountaineering, sailing, photography, digital drawing and other associations depending on the interest of users. Involvement in these associations will allow users to get acquainted with some of the occupations that are in demand in the market, and the acquisition of which is not regulated by the formal high school system. These are occupations such as high-altitude workers and skippers on ships, and people who are more focused on creative occupations will be offered the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the field of photography, digital drawing and the like.

Educational activities include introduction to job search tools as well as the job search process itself and self-employment opportunities. As part of the educational activities will be held 8 workshops where users will be introduced in detail to:

  • (1) the situation on the labor market and the measures of the Youth Guarantee aimed at (self) employment, and all the conditions for exercising the right will be explained to them in detail. (half day workshop);
  • (2) resume and job search tools (half-day workshop);
  • (3) the process of selection and job interviews;
  • (4) basic elements of financial operations of the company through a one-day workshop;
  • (5) reading the financial statements of entrepreneurs where participants will learn through a half-day workshop what are the basic types of financial statements and how to read them;
  • (6) the basics of a marketing plan where, through a one-day workshop, participants will learn what a marketing plan is and what its basic elements are, and they will learn to design it on a selected example;
  • (7) writing a business plan where the participants will learn the structure of the business plan through a two-day workshop, how to collect relevant data and will learn to write a business plan on a selected example;
  • (8) procurement procedures for persons who are not subject to the law on public procurement since the project beneficiaries will be involved as assistants in EU projects in associations that are subject to the NOJN.

As part of the educational activities, the beneficiaries will also attend verified education programs for Administrators in sports organizations or Assistants in EU projects.

By implementing systematic monitoring of users the project will be secured insight into certain characteristics whose importance can be formally determined in future national analyzes, but also integrated into operational programs for the next financial period. The entire program for the integration of inactive young NEETs will be available na the website of the project promoter so that they can be used by other organizations in the Republic of Croatia interested in implementing such a program in their local communities. A database of interested organizations in the Republic of Croatia that could use the program will be created and they will be informed by e-mail about the possibility of using the program.

If you want to find out more information about the project, feel free to contact Zagorka Prce Veseli, project manager, by e-mail zprce@ctk-rijeka.hr.

Project RADAR implemented by: Rijeka Technical Culture Center (beneficiary), Croatian Employment Service Regional Office Rijeka, PAR Business School, Maxi Sailing Club and Tuhobić Sports Climbing Club.


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