Empowering NEET Youth from Rural Areas: Digital and Green Skills

Last years, the development of marketable digital and green skills has become increasingly vital for individuals seeking employment opportunities. This is especially true for NEET youth from rural areas, who often face unique challenges in accessing quality education and training. Empowering these young individuals with the right skills can not only enhance their employability but also contribute to sustainable development. In this article, we will explore the significance of marketable digital and green skills for NEET youth from rural areas and discuss initiatives that can empower them to thrive in the job market.

Digital skills have become indispensable in the modern workforce. Proficiency in digital literacy, coding, data analysis, and social media management, among others, opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities. NEET youth from rural areas must be equipped with these skills to stay competitive in an increasingly digitized world. With the right training, they can gain the ability to leverage digital tools, software, and platforms effectively, thereby enhancing their employability prospects.

Regarding the green skills, as the world becomes more conscious of environmental sustainability, the demand for green skills is rapidly growing. NEET youth from rural areas have a unique advantage in this regard, as they often possess a close connection to nature and agriculture. Equipping them with green skills such as renewable energy, waste management, sustainable agriculture, and environmental conservation can provide them with a competitive edge in emerging green industries. By promoting sustainable practices, they can contribute to the protection of natural resources and foster a greener future.

To foster skill development among NEET youth from rural areas, it is essential to provide them with the necessary infrastructure and resources. The DG VET project is aiming to also support young / women from rural areas to develop their basic and advanced digital and green skills in order for them to improve their position and employability within the relevant economy sectors. Partners have developed training material with the aim to equipping young NEETs with basic & advanced digital and green skills. The modules and the digital nuggets will be available soon through the platform of the DG VET project in English and in national languages.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.  2021-1-BE01-KA220-VET-000035895

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