INTERCEPT - Motivating Mobilizing Supporting Neets Green Career Pathway

The project’s goal is to tackle youth unemployment with a transnational approach. This topic, along with its multinational angle, is perfectly in line with the Europe 2020 strategy and the EU cohesion policy that takes into account the crucial role of the regions and cross-border cooperation plays in smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. In this context the INTERCEPT is an ambitious initiative characterized by a duality of purpose, reducing social inequalities and raising awareness on green economy while implementing sustainable policies. The project revolves around the idea that the green economy and the investments within it are going to be crucial for the post-pandemic recovery and are bound to change our economy and society forever. The INTERCEPT project stretches over three countries - Malta, Lithuania, Italy - and it involves a group of 300 NEETs (Neither in Employment or in Education or Training) between the age of 25 and 29 years who will be trained accordingly and will search employment related to Green Economy.

The aim of the project is to mainstream the new approach into a structural measure to integrate NEETs in the green economy, relying also on the evaluation of piloted schemes. The project partners are public employment services that will be able to see, through the project, the effectiveness of their services. INTERCEPT will also engage employers to ensure consistency between labour force competences and demands in the green economy.

In this context, CASE will analyze the best practices which lead to the successful 25-29 years old NEETs’ integration in the labour market. Another task of the project will be to identify and highlight barriers that limit the impact of the implemented practices in all participating countries. CASE’s experts will take part into the assessment of pilot projects and will collaborate in the creation of the conclusions and improvements suggestions. CASE experts will also have a quality control role in the project

The project's operational objectives are:

  • analysis of the characteristics, needs, and barriers faced by the target group in partner countries; and identification of the key lessons of relevant ALMP practices implemented in the EU (with a focus on partner countries) to underpin the schemes
  • developing an innovative outreach and activation strategy based on green economy for the inactive NEETs;
  • designing a tailored activation, career counselling and training package;
  • building connections between the PES and the employers in the green economy around organising workplace insertions of the programme participants;
  • document, evaluate and share the experience of this innovative ALMP programme at EU level.

EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment are funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The Grants have two main objectives – to contribute to a more equal Europe, both socially and economically – and to strengthen the relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the 15 Beneficiary States in Europe. The objective of these grants is to reduce social and economic disparities and strengthen bilateral relations and the targeted population group are young people in different European countries.


Project funding: EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

Project coordinator: Jobsplus

Project partners:

CASE (Poland)

Institute of Economic Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia);

Employment Services under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of The Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania);

Visionary Analytics (Lithuania);

Anci Toscana - Association of Municipalities of Tuscany (Italy);

Grosseto University hub (Italy);

National Employment Agency Luxembourg (Luxembourg)