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MATRIX – Strategic Mapping of Youth Unemployment

MATRIX seeks to address the issue of youth unemployment by equipping young people with the appropriate employability skills.

Grant Agreement Number: 2021-2-PL01-KA220-SCH-000049662

Funded by: Erasmus+      Duration: 01/10/2022 – 30/09/2024

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In January 2022, 2.5 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU, of whom 2 million were in the euro area. In 2/3 of European economies, youth unemployment remains above 20%, and more than 1 in 3 unemployed young people have been looking for work for more than a year.

At the same time, even in countries with low youth unemployment (e.g. Germany 5,7%) less qualified young people, particularly those without a vocational qualification, have much higher unemployment rates than the more qualified ones.

Young people who have difficulty finding their first job can jeopardise their entire employment future. Chances are that they will work in less skilled environments and do so for less money for the rest of their lives.

Studies have shown that among the key factors of youth unemployment are the labour market structure and the lack skills relevant to market needs. Therefore, addressing the skills mismatches could be the answer to boosting youth employment.


MATRIX aims to boost youth employment by giving VET schools new labour market trends and contents in order to better match labour market skills requirements and learners’ skills.


The MATRIX provides VET organisations with a roadmap with the most relevant employability skills in order to tailor their Curricula according to the labour market needs.

This Guide provides educators with the appropriate knowledge and skills to facilitate the employability of young people. It covers the following 4 topics: 1) Employability skills activities and mentoring resources that the trainer can use with end-users 2) General guidance for the tutor for effective delivery of sessions 3) Specific guidance for the employability skills tutor to enhance skills development 4) Supplementary resources (additional activities, useful links, external videos and useful websites)

At the core of this activity is the online training platform which provides youth with the employability & entrepreneurial skills needed to enter and thrive in the labour market.

Both events aim to present the main results of the project and its tools that boost youth employability to all relevant stakeholders. Also, the events will highlight the role of high-quality VET in strengthening the employability of young people.



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Project Partners

KMOP – Education and Innovation Hub (Greece)
Brainymotion AG (Germany – Coordinator)
CESIE (Italy)
Storytellme Unipessoal LDA (Portugal)
Fundação de Ensino Profissional da Praia da Vitória (Portugal)
Fundatia pentru Promovarea Intreprinderilor Mici si Mijlocii Brasov (Romania)
CSI Center For Social Innovation Ltd (Cyprus)

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