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
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.