On track - Different youth work approaches for different NEET situations

Cross-sectoral conference on NEET issues.

Report & Evaluation


  • “Even though we come from different countries we have the same problems and it was nice to hear different methods and ways to do work elsewhere.”
  • “There are also a lot of differences but everything is possible to overcome through devotion every youth worker has.”
  • “Poverty does not discriminate. However, there are opportunities and resources to be used.”
  • “I found new perspective of my own work. I made new potential partnerships. I got a better idea how to support young people in NEET situation.”

To find more about what did participants learn and how did they experience "On Track Conference", download here report and evaluation summary! 

Date & venue

  • 13 - 16 April 2016, 2,5 working days
  • Bratislava, Slovakia

Day to day programme

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Conference "On Track" is part of the SALTO Inclusion a longer-term strategic approach to reach these disenfranchised young people who are excluded from the system and see how we can reconnect them to society and improve their opportunities in life.

The first cross-sectorial seminar on youth at risk and in NEET situation took place in October 2014, in Finland www.salto-youth.net/neetseminar and was focused on gaining a better understanding of NEET terminology, concepts etc.

In May 2015, “iNEETiative” seminar brought together 30 different stakeholders to explore methods to intervene and reach out to youth at risk and in NEET situation.

The SALTO Inclusion research & publication on NEET issues "On track - Different youth work approaches for different NEET situations" has been published in December 2015. The conference "On Track" will serve as a platform for dissemination and exploitation of the results of this study. 

This mini, 2,5 days, cross-sectoral conference addressing the NEET issues and showcasing good practices, with the emphasize on cooperation between youth work and other sectors (formal education, employment, social & business sector...) will bring together 50 different stakeholders.

Aim of the conference

To promote sustainable cooperation between professionals from different sectors in order to create better opportunities for young people in a NEET situation to enable their active involvement in society and integration into the labour market.

Main Objectives:

  • To highlight variety of resources on young people in a NEET situation, including SALTO Inclusion study “On Track”.
  • To explore different NEET realities across Europe and different types of practices.
  • To exchange the possible ways to work together and stimulate development of cross-sectorial partnership projects for youth in a NEET situation. 
  • To explore possibilities of the Erasmus+ programme, in addressing the issues that young people in a NEET situation are facing.

Participants' profile

50 profesionals with experience working on the issue of vulnerable young people in NEET situations (face-to-face workers as well as managers/decision makers). International experience is not a must. 

  • Youth workers ( grassroots – involved in outreach youth work and directly working with young people in a NEET situation)
  • Teachers, school support staff, alternative education staff, vocational programme staff,…
  • Social workers, representatives of social services
  • Researchers, academics with focus on NEET
  • Local authorities/policy makers responsible for social provision
  • Employers, apprenticeships programmes, employment agencies, job centres, job clubs, job coaches…

Programme elements:

NEET issues
-    On Track – SALTO Inclusion study results & conclusions
-    Terminology & definitions - whom do we talk about 
-    Different realities (EU, national, local..)

-    Sharing good practices & methods to reach out and work with young people in a NEET situation
-    Getting to know local reality 
-    Where & how to find finances for youth projects with young people in a NEET situation (E+ Programme: Youth in Action…)

-    Holistic approach – how to work together, cross sectorial cooperation
-    How different stakeholders can be working together better?
-    Future projects


Conference was co-organised by SALTO Inclusion and the Slovakian, Turkish and Belgian-FR National Agency for the E+ programme.

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