Since January 2018, the Think Tank CEC/CET turned into “CEC Focus group”.

This working group is composed of the CEC team (president, vice-president, management and secretariat) and active or honorary experts from the European Commission and civil society (Ex ETUI, ETUC, ILO, CEC members, especially those who agreed to lead the 3 ENELSSIE project working groups).

The task of this working group will be to come up with proposals for policy recommendations, or ideas for European projects to be sent to the European institutions and why not to your local, regional and national policy makers. The thematic of this group will be the following:

  1.  Active Inclusion Strategies in a multi-dimensional perspective: To help the professional and social integration of those excluded/farthest from the labor market, how to combine training, income support, social services provision and assistance to find a job (and possibly the provision of jobs in the social economy
  2.  Low Skills jobs and low skilled persons: How to match the skill existing demand for low qualifications jobs with low skilled young and adult people facing unemployment, through more articulated and personalized employment and training strategies.
  3. Local Partnerships: How local institutions and services providers can coordinate their action to provide the most effective support to people (youth and adults) exposed to exclusion from employment and to social marginalization. 

This working group will be active throughout the year 2018 in order to prepare working documents for this deadline and for the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee.

In 2018, the CEC working group will propose the following actions:

  • Open questions from April 2018 to December 2018 to several European parliamentarians from the various democratic groups in the European Parliament (do not hesitate to send us the names of the parliamentarians you are working with and those who are likely to be part of the future Parliament);
  •  Organization of European seminar resuming the 3 themes listed above with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee in the second half of 2018, preferably in Brussels in September or October 2018. This seminar could be preceded by an enlarged working group towards the month of June, the place to be determined.
  • Seeking alliances with other European networks, social partners, civil society actors ... with a view to common positions with European institutions and European project development.

Form Bridge

ERASMUS + project "Pédagogie de chantiers - a revised approach to foster formative ladders and bridges" - starting 01/09/2019 until 31/12/2021

Although solid progress has been made in recent years, too many young people still leave school with low or no qualifications and face a higher risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.

While there is an urgent need to coordinate actions between educational and non-educational actors and find inclusive responses, several studies show that transversal competences have become essential, impacting on life, academic and social success, as well as on the decline in drop-out rates.

The partnership composed of 6 organizations from 5 Member States (France, Belgium, Greece, Italy and Germany) aims to promote formative bridges by framing the methods and instruments of the Pédagogie de Chantier in the logic of the evaluation and certification of skills.

Based on a rethought pedagogical approach, the partnership sets itself the following objectives:

  • Create a reference framework for evaluating the skills mobilised by the experiences of the Pédagogie de Chantier, in particular transversal skills, which are recognised as fundamental skills for professional integration, citizenship and the well-being of the individual.
  • Define the learning outcomes of the training paths of different sectors in relation to the cultural heritage of the territories through the common European language ECVET
  • Support the educational achievements of young people with the contribution of representatives from the business world in order to break the cycle of inequality, poverty and exclusion.
  • Encourage and promote collaborative approaches and educational alliances to reduce early school leaving in their territory.

The intellectual outputs engaged by the partnership are:

O1: Basis for the common transversal skills developed through Pédagogie de chantier

O2: Training course using the construction Pédagogie de chantier approach

O3: Guide for organizing and leading experimental projects


Etudes et Chantiers Corsica (France): develops local economic initiatives that promote integration through economic activity.

VHS Cham (Germany): offers courses in the field of vocational training, languages, health, culture and courses for second chance schools

CEFAL (Italy): Training Centre in Bologna

University of Bologna (Italy), Department of Educational Sciences

PED Epirus (Greece):- Regional Union of Municipalities. Cooperate with institutions working for the development of territorial administration and subjects that concern them.

Association Alpes de Lumière (France): To promote and enhance the built and natural heritage of Provence through volunteer workcamps, citizens' days and local activities.

Comité Européen de Coordination- CEC (Belgium): European network of organisations active at regional and national level in the field of training and socio-professional integration of people far from the labour market.For

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