Aims to facilitate, support and enhance employment and career progression opportunities for young people by aligning the recruitment needs and skillsets required by the hotel, restaurant and catering (HORECA) sectors with the skillsets offered by young people, in 7 regions across 4 EU countries.

What is UNEET?

UNEET is an employment-driven project that focuses on driving and supporting the employment of young people aged 16 to 29 in the hospitality, restaurant and catering (HORECA) sectors. The project is a collaboration between partners in Ireland, France, Germany and Scotland.

Why is UNEET necessary?

Youth unemployment is running at 18% across the project regions collaborating on the UNEET project. The HORECA sector is the third largest employment sector in the EU, and a significant contributor to employment and economic growth. However, the unemployment rate within this sector is particularly high, due to the difficulty of finding, recruiting and retaining staff with appropriate skills and experience, from entry level through to management.

Skills acquisition, training and development are key drivers of economic development and innovation. The aim of this project is to ensure that the right supply of skills is available and accessible to the industry, to help sustain and grow the industry and the employment of young jobseekers within the sector, in each of the participating regions.

What will UNEET deliver?

UNEET aims to address regional skills shortages by developing and implementing an innovative website that will provide a single access point and act as a one-stop-shop and ‘go-to’ resource for young jobseekers and employers within the sector.

The strategic goal of the project is to promote job opportunities within the HORECA sector and to develop sustainable career progression pathways that will be regarded as a professional, long term career choice.

The website will capture and promote the opportunities available to employers and prospective jobseekers, from entry-level through to skilled, experienced management positions. It will also include:

  • Video CV facility;
  • Online recruitment tools;
  • Online training modules and supports for jobseekers;
  • Facilities for online and offline coaching & mentoring sessions;
  • Job Board, promoting opportunities in each of the participating regions;
  • Information on employment opportunities in other EU countries within the HORECA sectors, and how to access them;
  • Industry-specific information and employment for employers and jobseekers;
  • An interactive forum.

Online services will be complemented and supported by skills-based training and support to jobseekers to access upskilling, coaching and mentoring opportunities in their local area.

Employers will be supported to refine and tailor their recruitment procedures and employment offerings to attract and retain young jobseekers and to cater to their employment needs, skills and career aspirations.

By aligning employer and jobseeker needs, UNEET aims to support 175 businesses in the HORECA sector to employ 1200 jobseekers between 16 and 29 years, across the 4 participating countries – Ireland, Germany, France and Scotland.

Who are the Project Partners?

The UNEET project consortium partners are:

  • Ballyhoura Development CLG, Ireland
  • Donegal Local Development Company, Ireland
  • Dundee & Angus College, Scotland, UK
  • Fife Council, Scotland, UK
  • Landkreis Kassel, Germany
  • Fondation FACE (Fondation Agir Contre L’Exclusion), France