Name: Upskilling Pathways for Employability

Nowadays more than 15% of the of the EU population aged 15-29 falls in the group of NEETs (people Not in Education, Employment, or Training). One of the goals of Europe 2020 strategy is at least 75% of the 20-64 year-olds to be employed, therefore all member states launched various national programmes for continuous trainings of longterm unemployed citizens to raise their qualifications and employability.

The project aim is by exploring the diverse national experiences in supporting disadvantaged groups to introduce an innovative UPthEM training programme to empower employability and employment prospects of disadvantaged people. To focus on these target groups and engage them in asuccessful career path either as employed or as self-employed entrepreneurs.

The project targets adult educators and adults with disadvantaged backgrounds with special attention to the unemployed ones.

The activities of the project aim to target adults facing: sociocultural difficulties – related to experiencing discrimination because of gender, ethnicity or religion, economic – related to unemployment and poverty and geographical - citizens living in small towns or rural areas, where the employment opportunities are limited and the rate of long-term unemployment is higher in comparison with other regions, disabled people. These groups are often excluded from the opportunities for life-long trainings at central level.

  • Innovative UPthEm training programme for disadvantaged learners
• 40 videos with motivating stories of disadvantaged people with successful professional development
• 25 adult educators trained to implement the programme
• 50 adults from disadvantaged groups engaged to explore the benefits of the programme through online dissemination activities and 5 multiplier events.


Number: 2019-1-BG01-KA204-062299
Programme: ERASMUS+; KA2-Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices; KA204- Strategic partnership for adult education
Duration: 1.11.2019 – 30.4.2021
Partners: Know and Can Association – Bulgaria
Association of Danube River Municipalities “Danube” – Bulgaria
Asociatia de Dezvoltare Economico – Sociala – Romania


UPthEM Logo 01The national desk researches in the frame of UPthEM project established baseline knowledge for the design of the UPthEM training programme for disadvantaged learners. The researches were conducted in all partner countries in the period January - April 2020. The research maps out the situation of adult education in the five participating countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Romania and Spain, in terms of policies, programmes, and links between educational institutions and the business. Further, the researched reviews the formal and informal training in entrepreneurship in the countries.

UPthEM Logo 01Entrepreneurship refers to the process of creating a new enterprise and bearing any of its risks, with the view of making the profit. It is an act of seeking investment and production opportunity, developing and managing a business venture, so as to undertake production function, arranging inputs like land, labour, material and capital, introducing new techniques and products, identifying new sources for the enterprise.

UPthEM Logo 01The first partners meeting in the frame of UPthEM (UPSKILLING PATHWAYS FOR EMPLOYABILITY) project was hosted by the coordinator Know and Can Association on 7th and 8th November 2019 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The event was an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the project, to get into details how the foreseen results will be created, to discuss administrative, organisational and financial aspects and to set up strict timeline with tasks, responsibilities and deadlines.

UPthEM Logo 01The Europe 2020 strategy is the EU’s agenda for growth and jobs for the current decade. It emphasises smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as a way of strengthening the EU economy and making it resilient towards forthcoming challenges. Employment is one of the key policy components of the Europe 2020 strategy. Decent employment for all EU citizens is crucial for ensuring adequate living standards. On top of contributing to quality of life and social inclusion of individuals, it also improves the well-being of the society as a whole, which makes it one of the cornerstones of socioeconomic development.


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