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IEMed awarded a grant to tackle social exclusion and poverty amongst vulnerable groups

25.08.2021 / Created by IEMed

CLUSTER – advanCing Youth and Women SociaL InclUSion in The Mediterranean – adapts multi-actors, integrated and regional approach, and aims to create a supportive environment for youth/women employment schemes, by equipping NEETs, in particular women, between 18-30 years with employability skills in Blue Economy, Circular Economy, Green Economy, and Sustainable Agriculture sectors, promoting long-lasting partnerships between TVET and the private sector, and raising awareness of public authorities and policymakers.

The overall objective of CLUSTER is to tackle social exclusion and poverty amongst vulnerable groups in Cyprus, France, Italy, Jordan, Palestine, Spain, and Tunisia by capitalising on results of previous projects and equipping NEETs and women with marketable skills in the Sustainable Economy sectors.

To that end, CLUSTER seeks to:

Facilitate access to the labour market for NEETS, in particular women, through targeted online and on-site training courses and coaching and tutoring actions, based on innovative models of intervention, developed following needs assessment and combining successful experiences. Encourage partnerships between TVET Institutions, SMEs and professional sector stakeholders operating in the Sustainable Economy sectors through local, regional and cross-border exchange, networking practises and best practice sharing initiatives. Engage public institutions and policy makers in providing supportive environment and implementing youth/women employment schemes, through Action Plans, policy-oriented regional reports and advocacy sessions at the Euromed level.

The CLUSTER project is co-funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme, with a budget of 1.1 million euros and a duration of 2 years (2021-2023).

The consortium, led by the IEMed, is made up of the following entities:

E.M. Associaziona ARCES, Italy

Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cyprus

CDE Petra Patrimonia, France

National Agriculture Research Center, Jordan

Business Development Center, Jordan

Business Women Forum, Palestine

General Agency for Regional Development, Tunisia


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