Slovakia has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the EU, with one problem considered to be the detachment between education provided and the needs of the labour market. Another major factor is the absence of the soft skills essential for nailing that job interview which in Scotland might be found in schools, careers talks or job centres. While youth unemployment is equally a problem in Scotland, despite the many provisions made to tackle it, Slovakia currently doesn’t have the infrastructure to help students bridge the gap from education to employment, With an astonishing third of Slovak university students failing the find work, and another third finding work entirely unrelated to their area of study, EPIC Slovakia took this project forward with the aim to create sustainable careers counselling services through the input of students, youth workers, local authorities and business professionals.
The project has already conducted a highly successful transnational training program project with Slovak youth workers in Irvine, Scotland, and looks forward to delivering our next transnational project with Slovak students through the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Our agenda with this project was to develop a stronger engagement od Scottish participants with the services readily available to them. Our other partners in this project, CEiS Ayrshire, and Grupo EQ5 of Catilla – La Manch, stimulated the international cooperation on solutions to youth unemployment through their broad and diverse expertise.