22 European Youth workers from 7 not-for-profit organisations will discover during a 6 days international training course in Xativa, Spain, how to become digital mentors who can guide unemployed young people to create a good digital identity and to use social media to access the European labour market. The training course is part of the 5 months project, organized by Associació Empresarial L’alqueria Projectes Educatius and its European partners and its funded through Erasmus+ Programme. All participants will receive at the end of the training course an international certificate, Youthpass.

Between May 23-29, youth workers, project coordinators and youth leaders active in 7 European NGOs from Greece, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Romania, UK, and Portugal, participate in an intensive training course under the guidance of the communication specialist Emilia Radu, how to create their digital identity, starting from their educational background, working experiences using social media and ICT tools, and also how young people they work with locally can become an optimal candidate to access EU labour market rapidly and effectively.

“There are more than 15 million young people (16-24 yrs old), unemployed in the EU space. Their transition from education to labour market is difficult, while the modern society is characterized by the widespread use of Internet and Social Media. The digital natives have an competitive advantage to find a job if they use properly social media channels and they create a powerful digital reputation. However, they are also exposed to many safety & privacy risks associated with the use of social media, relevant in the context of job searching.”, said Lucia Gimeno Carsi, project coordinator of “Digital Mentoring for Youth Employment”

During the training course, the participants will develop a set of social and digital competences and skills that allows them to continue their daily work and support, advice their mentees to create and maintain their digital identities in an effective way. At the end of the training course together with the participants will create a free booklet in English language which contains the set of activities made during the training course, described step-by-step so they can be applied by any European youth worker. The project is completely based on innovative ICT uses and social media, which allow to diminish the Digital Gap which separates the netizens (Internet, first-class citizens), and the other citizens, due to their lack of knowledge or access to Internet, especially among young people with fewer opportunities.

At the end of the training course, all participants will turn into digital mentors. Digital mentoring gives people a unique chance to be given personalised digital support. Unlike structured classes, mentoring lets people guide their own learning and see their individual needs being met.

“Digital mentors do not need to be tech-geniuses! All that a digital mentor needs is basic knowledge of technology and the internet and some patience. Mentors help learners understand basic tasks and concepts, and guide them to make the most of the digital world. Digital mentoring is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in your community and learn new life skills.”, added Lucia Gimeno Carsi.

The project Digital Mentoring for Youth Employment is funded through Erasmus+ Programme, the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-20201. Education, training, youth and sport can make a major contribution to help tackle socio-economic changes, the key challenges that Europe will be facing until the end of the decade. The project is implemented by Associació Empresarial L’alqueria Projectes Educatius (Spain), with the support of its partners: Cultura E Dintorni (Italy), APPIS – Associação Paredes pela Inclusão Social (Portugal), FilmWorks Trust (United Kingdom), Asociatia Dialoguri Europene (Romania), Penthesileia (Greece), Alphabet Formation (Belgium).