Although the Covid-19 outbreak has halted most of our NEETs plans for their apprenticeships and local placements some of them had the opportunity to implement them and we asked them to share their expiriencees:
Here are their stories:
My name is Rauno and I am from the biggest Estonian island called Saaremaa. In 2019 after graduating from high school, I decided to take a year off to decide what I would like to do in life. I joined Yenesis project because it is one way to explore the world of different opportunities. I participated in one-week-long training back in January 2020, where I learnt about various topics such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, business innovation and sustainable transport. I was triggered by the linkages that can be made between business innovation and green jobs and I further applied and participated at the business mentorship meeting under the Yenesis project. As one of the obligations under the Yenesis project is to complete a local placement, I decided to invest my time further developing the street food booth called WIO Burger that me and my friends a few years ago founded. Yenesis project pushed me and my team to focus even more on using local ingredients and products from local businesses and to make sure that we use compostable food packaging to reduce the negative environmental impacts. As a co-owner, it is important for me to maintain the cash flow circulation on the local island by at the same time contributing to the islands sustainable tourism by providing a greener and local food place for the visitors to stop by. From all of this experience so far participating at the Yenesis project, I have learnt the importance of green jobs, clear communication and the effectiveness of time. WIO Burger has gained a lot of positive attention throughout this summer and we will definitely continue to grow. Our homepage can also be found from Facebook.
My name is Ino and I am living in the greenest island of Greece, Skopelos. In 2019 I felt the need to bring new and greener visions to the island, closer to nature and ecotourism. When I joined the Yenesis project, I found a whole new inspiration to make innovative steps in the island and a team to support them. In January 2020, I participated in a one-week-long training, in which I learnt about renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, business innovation, and sustainable transport. I was really impressed by the relation between green jobs and business innovation, so I found myself trying to learn more about it. At that point, I joined the business mentorship of Yenesis project to get the whole picture. Regarding the local placement, I helped the municipality by working at the local museum, conducting guided tours for some time under the umbrella of the sustainable tourism. After that, I decided to invest my time to a project that I have started with a partner, called Skopelos Trail Race, by the Modern trail Runners. Yenesis project helped us bloom and focus even more on the management of the trails that the race is going to use. Of course, the main focus of the project is the ecofriendly function of every corner of the island. Through all this experience of participation in Yenesis project so far, I have learnt the importance of keeping your place green and safe and the effect of trying to do something different for the community in general. You can find more details about our race on the social media.