There are more than 150,000 young people between the ages of 14-18 in the municipal area of Milan (January 2022 data). Despite the territorial context having an average employment rate above 60%, the COVID-19 period has left profound consequences on the labor market, especially in sectors where the presence of young workers with little experience is greater: in 2020 there was recorded the increase of the inactive, (+50,000) discouraged by the situation or employed with untraced black contracts. In the last two years in Milan, people under 29 who do not study and do not work have increased by +2%. The 14-18 age group has specific features, compared to NEETs in the older age group, to be related to the data on abandonment, dispersion and repetitions, in many cases experienced as a “failure” which leads to self-expulsion from the educational context. For this reason, the second edition of the MIG WORK project was created, Unexpected paths for adults of the future, to respond to the need to start training and job placement courses for Milanese boys and girls. The aspiration is to provide concrete and timely support to this age group, through territorial experiments carried out by partners who have a long experience of presence and actions with young people through territorial socio-educational facilities. The project sees the participation of a large partnership made up of 10 organizations all active in the Milan area and, in addition to the partnership network, the proposal provides for the involvement of institutions and services capable of contributing to the objectives envisaged with a specific focus dedicated to profit realities. The intervention is part of a broader strategy carried out by the Municipality of Milan, that of putting an integrated city system into operation aimed at intercepting and accompanying young people who find themselves in the condition of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in a journey of discovery of one’s aptitudes, aspirations, desires and abilities for reintegration into a school path or for entry into the world of work.
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