EARLY identification, INDIVIDUALIZED targeting and TAILORED intervention for young people at risk of NEET (NEETS)

Funding information

Project duration: 11/2014 – 10/2017

Project code number: 2014-1-PT01-KA200-000980

Funding guideline: Erasmus+ KA 2

Project concept

Initial situation

One of the most relevant target groups for tackling youth unemployment in Southern Europe are young people who are not in education, employment or training ("NEET: Not in Education, Employment or Training"). 

So far, services have been more oriented towards the perceived deficits of young people than towards the needs of enterprises, especially small enterprises and the matching between young people and enterprises. In addition, there was a lack of cooperation between the education system and employers, which limited early and efficient intervention.

Target groups and their benefits

The NEETS project targets students between 15 and 24 years of age and the relevant stakeholders, including enterprises, schools, companies, municipalities and educational institutions. Preventive measures were developed for students at increased risk of NEETS, so that the smooth transition into living wage employment was improved and the skilled labour needs of small businesses were better met.

Project goal

The NEETS project aimed to identify young people at an early stage who are at risk of falling out of the education, training and employment system. The focus of the NEETS project was on prevention, which is why cooperation and exchange between schools, employers, VET providers and municipalities was strengthened. For this purpose, handouts and practical materials were developed on the basis of an analysis of the current practice of the actors.

Role of ISOB

ISOB supports the development of a guide for the organisation of internships for the better integration of young people. ISOB is also responsible for quality assurance and internal evaluation of the NEETS project.

Products and publications

  • Development of a guideline for early detection and identification of young people at high risk of NEETS 
  • Development of methods for individualised, targeted and preventive intervention of NEETS
  • Piloting and evaluating the interventions with the help of an effectiveness study



  • Portugal (project coordination): CECOA Centro de Formação Profissional para o Comércio e Afins
  • Portugal: CEPCEP Universidade Catolica Portugesa Junta de Freguesia de Alcântara
  • Italy: CVT Fondazione Centro Produttività Veneto
  • Spain: FMA Fundación Metal Asturias
  • Great Britain: Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
  • Germany: Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung GmbH

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The project was successfully completed and positively evaluated.

We will be happy to provide you with the project results on request. For further information, please contact our Team.