About the project
INKEY– Innovative tools to promote KEY competencies for lifelong learning is an Erasmus + KA2 project (Project number: 2021-2-PT02-KA220-YOU-000050829) that started in April 2022 and has a duration of 24 months.
The project examines the labour market vulnerabilities and disengagement among young people that were generated by COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, because of the pandemic, the number of youth Neither in Employment nor Education or Training in the EU was brought up to 13.7% in 2020. Innovative interventions to foster Young NEETs’ personal and social development are essential to build resilience and equip youth with the skills to positively challenge themselves in a world that constantly changes its rules.
In this context, the “InKEY” project aims to offer young NEETs new motivating and stimulating programs to acquire the key competences stressed in the LifeComp Framework by developing engaging digital tools that embed game dynamics, mechanics, and components, and online communities of practice.
 To enhance the employability of Young NEETs.
 To increase the quality and effectiveness of the empowerment actions of the organizations and professionals working with young NEETs.
 To develop tailored learning programs to enhance young NEETs’ engagement and motivation in learning.
 To increase the key competencies of young NEETs, to let them unleash their dynamic potential, self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, cope with complexity, be thriving individuals, responsible social agents, and reflective lifelong learners.
 To equip youth leaders, youth workers and trainers with knowledge, skills, and innovative tools to empower young NEETs.
The target groups of the project are:
- Young NEETs
- Youth workers
- Youth organizations
- Relevant stakeholders such as employment and social services, education, and training entities.
- Non-governmental organizations, community groups and relevant community gatekeepers.
The partners met for their kick-off meeting of the project in June 2022, in Faro, Portugal. They discussed the initial steps of the project and set some milestones, goals, and aspirations for the next months.
The second meeting will take place in Vigo, Spain in October 2022, in which partners will discuss the progress of the project as well as the following steps.
The first Intellectual Output- LifeComp for the Employability of Young NEETS: State of Art and Best Practices” is currently under development and will be published on the project website.
The report will present the main aspects of the research carried out across Europe and in each partner country (Cyprus, Spain, Italy and Portugal). This report aims to identify and analyze the existing status and best practices in the application of the LifeComp concepts into formal and non-formal curricula and courses addressed to young NEETs. A State-of-the-Art Research is being produced, as well as a Best Practices Analysis, several interviews, and a Focus
group with youth workers and trainers, a Data analysis, and lastly, a publication of findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
In the second Intellectual Output- Tailored Learning Programs, some learning programs, based on non-formal education principles and gamification dynamics will be developed to provide young NEETS with opportunities to foster the nine competences of the LifeComp Framework. It is estimated that during the consortium will begin working for this Intellectual Output during the last months of the year.
With the purpose of promoting the INKEY project, several knowledge transfer events will be organized, which aim to inform the target group about the project’s objectives and deliverables. The first knowledge transfer event will take place on Saturday, 24th of September, in the Up to Youth Festival which will be held in Nicosia, Cyprus.
The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein [Project number: 2021-2-PT02-KA220-YOU-000050829]