The thematic working groups have had their second round of meetings. They have taken another leap in the process of developing transnational cooperation on Youth NEET.

Based on the identified common challenges and possible solutions from the first round, groups continued further with development as well as exchange of existing working methods between countries. Participants also looked into what policies can strengthen this development process.

In Hamburg, the participants of the working group on resource centres discussed the concept of multi-competent teams co-located under the same roof, also called one stop shops. Aim of the discussions included how to proceed in order to consolidate, transfer and further develop knowledge about the centers. Several break out groups were formed, with different objectives.

– One stop shops for youth in the Baltic Sea Region have matured considerably in the last couple of years. Now is the time to take stock, consolidate, and further develop these centers through a more systemic learning process, says Felix Schartner, who is one of the coordinators of the knowledge platform Integrate NEETs. As the next step one group will invite select municipalities to join a pilot based on involving the whole local system chain from youth practitioners to municipal politicians, and meeting with their equivalents from municipalities in other member states. This will ensure a process in which learning and development can be achieved both within the system chain, and between them.

At present, the plan is that the first meeting will take place in Gävle, Sweden, which has come a long way in creating and using multi-competent teams. Within the framework of the break-out group, participants will then be ready to test ideas in their context, formulate the first policy recommendations and proposals for the development of working methods.

One other break-out group will compile knowledge that already exists about resource centers for NEETs, identify principles and success factors, and formulate the ideal One stop shop guidelines.

– We want to learn more about what is required in order for resource centers to function well, says Anastasiia Klonova, coordinator of Integrate NEETs. The compilation should be made from three perspectives: the user’s, the employee’s and the organizational perspective. The break out groups will co-ordinate their work between meetings. There is possibility to add new participants and have more specific focus.

A follow-up of the spring’s work will be done on June 10th, when all four thematic working groups gather in connection to the Annual Conference of the Flagship School to Work and later the Annual Forum of the EUSBSR in Gdańsk. During the first part of the meeting break-out groups will reunite in their thematic working group. Afterwards they will share networks and work together with participants in other thematic working groups.