Bulgarian Group Interview on the Training Course “From NEET to Compete: A Comprehensive Approach to Youth Employability.”

Tell us your opinion about the Project “From NEET to Compete”. Which relevant information did you learn during the training course? What was new/the most relevant and interesting for you?

First, we learned the meaning of the abbreviation: a young person who is no longer in the education system and who is not working or being trained for work. We work with young people and the training course was useful for our work because we understood how to become a NEET and how to protect youngsters from this. For us, one of the most interesting things was the connection between the migration problem and the NEET problem and the solutions that we have discussed. During the training course we met people from different nationalities for example people from Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, and Germany. We have learned many different things from these people like the way they’ve found to solve the problems of NEET. We are always up for a good discussion and that’s another reason we love Erasmus so much, you can meet so many people with different points of view which improves your social skills. Now we think more about people with mental and physical problems and how to help them not become NEET. We learned more about the inclusion of those people in social life as well.

What do you think makes this topic critically important these days? 

We live in a global world with many problems. One of the biggest problems is migration because of many reasons. In search of work or economic opportunities, to join a family, or to study.  Other people move to escape conflicts, persecution, terrorism, or human rights violations. Still, others must move in response to the adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters, or other environmental factors. Another problem is mental and physical health. There are so many stressful factors in our world and too many people have mental and physical problems. Socializing with migrants and people with physical and mental problems in our society is very important. And so, they will be useful to themselves and our society. There are many more reasons to be out of social and work life. But being part of the social and working life of society is important not only for the individual but for all of us. Young people are the future of our world and good education and inclusion in social life and work is the most important.

How can you apply the knowledge gained during the training course to your personal path, as well as raise awareness about this topic in your community?

In our professional career, we have met a lot of young people who are “NEET”, and we can say that part of them don’t have a problem with being a “NEET”. Everything we have learned and improved in ourselves and our knowledge about how to help these people will be very useful for our future work with them. We will be able to understand them more easily, give them motivation, and make them be a good example to the other young people even preventing their friends from becoming a NEET. Also, what we have learned in this training course will help us in our work with young people and encourage them to become a good mentor. The problems we discussed were useful for programs that include young people. Now we understand more problems of youngsters and we think it will be easier to help them not to become a NEET. In addition, to support our colleagues in real situations and apply the learned approaches to encourage young people and their inclusion during the work process.