TRANS-EDU-NET Project - Kick-off Meeting

Sep 28, 2017   Sofia, Bulgaria

Kick Off meeting and a Business conference of the interregional project “TRANS-EDU-NET" - Transnational Edu-cational Network for Young People - New Technologies and Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Tourism Industry, financed by the Interreg “Balkan-Mediterranean” Programme were held in Sofia, 28th and 29th September 2017

The events highlighted the start of the TRANS-EDU-NET project, concerning problems of youth unem-ployment and education in Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and FYRoM, and were hosted by the Lead Partner – National Tourism Cluster “Bulgarian Guide”.
Representatives of regional administration and local authorities, educational institutions and organizations in the fields of tourism and information technology, as well as interested start-ups and young entrepre-neurs took part in the Business conference.

The aim of the TRANS-EDU-NET initiative is to counteract to the increasing rate of youth unemploy-ment, the early school leaving, fewer opportunities for balancing work and study, and the brain drain of young and skilled people to countries with a better developed economic and labour market, resulting in endangering the area’s growth perspectives and potential. According to Eurostat for 2015, the rates of youth unemployment (15-24 age) as a percentage of the active population are: 21.5% in Bulgaria, 49.7% in Greece, 39% in Albania and 52% in FYRoM. This warning statistic shows that the labour market in these countries is in a serious crisis and it is about time to take prompt actions with a long-term effect to better the conditions.

The mission of the project partners is to provide opportunities for joint initiatives for vocational education and trainings of young people aged 16-30 for the needs of the tourism industry. This includes innovative trainings and modern tools for education, online activities, practical initiatives, simulation business game, transnational educational camps, entrepreneurial thinking of young people, fostering the sustainable de-velopment knowledge for more competitive business environment in the region.