One of the most long-lasting challenges of the European financial crisis is that many young people with education are unable to find work. This is particularly for those living in remote areas like islands, where unemployment is high. There is a need to create jobs in places where people live, using local resources, which leads to a sustainable future. European islands share many of these challenges such as youth unemployment during non-tourist periods and migration of these young people to the continent, and opportunities such as the potential to convert these islands into a test bench for new technologies.

Young professionals on the islands face handicaps like the shortage of employment opportunities in line with their education, or the request for years of experience in jobs, what creates a vicious circle of no job/experience and the existence of ideas among these professionals which can lead to their own business initiatives, but are unable to carry out due to their lack of business skills and/or initial capital.

To ensure the sustainability of future employment, the Yenesis project focuses on professions related to energy and sustainable environmental activities, which will not only be necessary and sought in forthcoming years, but will also; ensure the sustainability of our development framework.

Project partners will co-operate and share information on how to create green employment in the energy, renewables, mobility and tourist sectors. Young people will be advised and trained for this green employment via capacity building, entrepreneurial development, mentoring and employment exchange. The participants will acquire experience via participation in said local projects.

The typology of target groups are young professionals between 25 and 29, and the unemployed or who are no longer in education, likewise human resources agencies, production centres, business organisations and education centres.

  • Cyprus Energy Agency (Coordinador)
  • Association of Estonian Islands (AEI)
  • Regional Agency for Energy and Environment of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (AREAM)
  • The International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES)
  • Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Astronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering – DIAEE Frederick University Chrysalis LEAP Limited
  • Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC) Møre and Romsdal County Authority

The project receives funding under the EEA Funds and Norway Grants - Fund for Youth Employment: 2.738.002 €

October 2018 – January 2022

Main objective: 

The aim of the YENESIS project is to tackle the challenge of youth unemployment (25-29 years) on the islands of beneficiary states. The main project goal is to reduce unemployment among young unemployed professionals via the creation of green employment on the islands in environment, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and sustainable tourism areas; and the creation of new companies, among others