Socio-economic inclusion of young NEETs: the main points of the EESC opinion

Socio-economic inclusion of young NEETs: the main points of the EESC opinion
Socio-economic inclusion of young NEETs: the main points of the EESC opinion

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 4:46 p.m.

Rabat – Here are the main recommendations of the opinion of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) on “young NEETs: what prospects for socio-economic inclusion?”, presented Wednesday during a feedback workshop in Rabat:

The EESC recommends the adoption of an integrated approach based on five axes, with a view to accelerating the social and economic integration of this category of young people, aged between 15 and 24, living in a situation of pronounced vulnerability and on the margins of the education/training system and the labor market (NEET), which affects 1.5 million individuals, or one in four young Moroccans (HCP, 2022).
1 – The first axis concerns the strengthening of the identification and monitoring capacities of young NEETs.

To do this, the CESE recommends in particular the creation of an expanded information system for identifying NEETs and monitoring their journey, which brings together cross-referenced data from multiple sources (RSU, statistics relating to the sectors involved, etc.) .
2- The second axis relates to the implementation of preventive measures to prevent new categories of young people from finding themselves in a NEET situation. In this regard, it is recommended to:

– Guarantee the effectiveness of compulsory schooling up to the age of 16, by putting in place the necessary retention and reintegration measures, with extensive involvement of parents and relevant stakeholders at the local level;

– Generalize community schools in rural areas, while ensuring that they strengthen their equipment and extend the coverage of school transport services;

– Strengthen the public offer of vocational training in rural areas, by adapting specializations to the needs of each region and each territory.
3- The third axis provides for the establishment of an expanded ecosystem to welcome and guide young NEETs towards personalized options meeting their specific needs.

In this case, it would be appropriate to develop a dense network of reception, listening and guidance points for NEETs. This network, which should extend to all local authorities, would be governed by a unified charter which would specify the roles, activities and distribution of responsibilities between the different actors involved.
4- The fourth axis aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of services and integration programs for young NEETs.

This mainly includes improving the quality and efficiency of public services for integrating young people into the labor market and guaranteeing personalized support for NEETs with the aim of improving their employability, via support systems. appropriate contractual arrangements with the private sector or third sector. The objective is to facilitate their reintegration into the education or training system, to assist them in finding internship or job opportunities and to support them pre- and post-business creation.
5- The fifth axis aims to establish a governance framework, characterized by optimal coherence and complementarity between the various programs, as well as continuous and effective coordination between the different stakeholders concerned.

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