Conceived as a platform for exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences for the purpose of helping young people from the Mediterranean region become more employable, the New Chance Mediterranean (MedNC) project consists of promoting a regional network of “New Chance” accredited orientation, training and professional integration centres that share the same approach, but which are specifically adapted to the context and needs of Mediterranean countries.
Driven by the Office of Economic Cooperation for the Mediterranean and the Middle East (OCEMO), in partnership with the Second Chance School of Marseille (E2C Marseille) and the French Development Agency (AFD), this project is being developed in Algeria, Egypt, France, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia.Contacts have also been established in Cyprus and in Italy.
The specific goals of the project are as follows:
- Contribute to improving the professional integration of young people, with a particular focus on young women.
- Support the development of local businesses by providing them with a labour force that meets their needs.
- Support government authorities when tackling the major challenge represented by professional integration.
- Reinforce Euro-Mediterranean cooperation that favours the socio-professional integration of young people.
The network relies on national coordinators who support local centres, in partnership with government bodies, the private sector and civil society.
The New Chance Mediterranean project is part of the UfM’s cross-sector initiative, Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs) and is part of the strategic goal of fostering employability for young people and inclusive growth in the region.
About the promoter
This project is promoted by the Office of Economic Cooperation for the Mediterranean and the Middle East (OCEMO), in partnership with the Second Chance School (E2C) of Marseille and the French Agency for Development (AFD).
OCEMO is a Mediterranean network federation which aims to facilitate constructive dialogue between the various economic stakeholders in the region and implements projects structured around young people, employment and entrepreneurship.
The E2C of Marseille was the first school of its kind established in Europe. It aims to achieve professional and social integration through the education and training of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, who have been out of school for at least one year and have no qualifications. The rate of access to employment or training has remained the same at approximately 67% from 1998 to late 2013.
The AFD is a public financial institution working to combat poverty and promote sustainable economic development in developing countries and the French Overseas Provinces.