PROVYP - Professional Orientation of Vulnerable Young People

Diagrama Foundation is the UK partner for the PROVYP European project – number 2015-1-ES01-KA204-015554

Diagrama FoundationWHY this project?

  • to contribute to the overall improvement of professional orientation of vulnerable young people
  • to submit policy recommendations for better regulation of career guidance provided in AE
  • to enhance digital integration in learning, teaching and training
  • to offer tailored learning opportunities to disadvantaged learners
  • to promote professional development of Adult Education staff in ICT methodology
  • to raise the awareness of vulnerable young people on new learning approaches aiming at re-skilling and up- skilling
  • to develop and maintain educational portal as multiplier and sustainable learning tool at EU level

Reducing youth unemployment is a big challenge in Europe. The improvement of career guidance (of which professional orientation is one part) will help improve the knowledge, skills and competences, in particular for adult learners in vulnerable situations.

In line with the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Agenda for Adult Learning, the ‘Professional Orientation of Vulnerable Young People’ project seeks to promote re-skilling and up-skilling across eight member states by providing vulnerable young people with e-career guidance and improving the orientation measures offered by the professionals in the field.

HOW is the project implemented?

ProvypThe PROVYP project objectives have been achieved by implementing activities at transnational level, as cross-border co-operation is crucial for combating the youth unemployment by exchanging best practices, common recommendations for better career guidance and joint development of a high quality learning tool in different EU languages.

The consortium brings together 10 organisations, each of them with special expertise. The PROVYP project reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches in professional orientation applied in the partner countries, producing a consolidated European report and policy recommendations for improvement of the career guidance regulations.

The methodological approach taken by PROVYP to achieve the proposed objectives is one of mutual decision taking and regular exchange of information in order to ensure that all consortium members are involved in the project’s progress.

WHO is this project for?

  • VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE 18-30 years old: NEETs, low-skilled, unemployed
  • Key professionals: AEPs, social workers, trainers, mediators, job counsellors
  • Staff in charge of adult and youth education and policies, public officers
  • Policy makers

The project aims to provide vulnerable young people with new ways of learning and to improve their skills, promoting inclusion to the labour market, active participation in the social, political, economic and cultural life of the societies in which they live and promote self-employment solutions, including social economy tools.

The project also targets key professionals: adult education professionals, social workers, trainers, mediators, coaches, professional job counsellors from different EU countries, who can respond to European market-related challenges, disseminate best practices, implement innovative models and jointly address policy objectives, challenges and needs of the adult education field at European level.


The partners have developed an online educational resource for the vulnerable young people to obtain career guidance and improve their skills. Educators can also improve their competences by offering new ways of learning, gained from the exchange of experiences through project activities at international level.

The project culminated in a final conference which was held in Chatham, Kent and was hosted by Diagrama Foundation. It was attended by all target groups who heard from local speakers working in the field of improving job prospects for young people. They include Matt Bridger - a young entrepreneur from Whisper Media and representatives from No Walls garden project.

The learning resource is now available online for public use via the PROVYP website and includes a variety of topics from professionals and young people. Please take the time to access this tool and share it with your colleagues and peers.