Prevention of young people in schools to become NEETs

The Strategic Framework for Education and Training (ET 2020) for Europe has at its core the important target of reducing the number of young people leaving school early that become Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). According to the EU statistics about young people and NEETs, European countries face similar problems related to the youth’s disengagement from education, labour market and from society. In 2011, 14 million young people 18-29 years in Europe were NEET. This 3-year project aims at finding solutions in educational settings to prevent young people to become NEETs in four European countries UK/Wales, Romania, Sweden and Finland. In all four countries, the state of young people at risk of exclusion from education due to social disadvantages is a problem. A radical new approach is required to create longer-term solutions.

This project aims to look at the causes, influences and barriers to education that result in many young people becoming NEET. The many strands to this project aim strategically to explore what viable alternatives there are nationally and internationally to traditional learning models that contribute to the challenge faced by many young people in both the primary and secondary sector but also to the parenting behind these young people.

The project will focus on engagement with schools, pupils, their families and local organisations working at grass roots to support pupils and their families to explore how collaboratively we can support pupils to remain in school/educational setting. We will also work with local businesses to scope how we can support young people of work through better work experience models.

Juvenia Centre of Youth Research and Development conducts a “state of the art” report on NEET young people in Europe and the interventions to prevent their exclusion in the levels of policy and practice in European countries. Juvenia also participates in the process of designing guidelines for interventions in schools in order to support young people not to become NEETs.

More information

Jussi Ronkainen
+358 50 312 4983

Susan Eriksson
+358 40 684 7702



Not in Education, Employment or Training – a challenge for Europe

1 September 2017 – 31 August 2020

Project partners

Lead partner: City of Cardiff Council

Partners: Gabalfa Primary School (Cardiff), Cantonian High School (Cardiff), Meadowlane Primary School (Cardiff), Karlskrona Kommun (Sweden), Jandelschool Primary School (Sweden), Inspectoratul Scolar Judetean Dambovita (Romania), Centrul Judetean De Resurse Si De Asistenta Educationala Dambovita (Romania), Asociatia Tineri pentru Europa de Maine (Romania), Liceul Teoretic, Ion Ghica – racari (Romania), Scoala Gimnaziala Matei Basarab (Romania), Liceul Tehnologic Voievodul Mircea (Romania), City of Kuopio (Finland) and South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing
Xamk Research Units: Juvenia


Total budget: € 449631

XAMK part of the total budget: € 15000

Financiers and main source of funding: Erasmus+ strategic partnerships for school education in United Kingdom