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What is StartNet

StartNet is a network for cooperation, collective action, and impact on young people’s transition from education to work.

It has two levels of action:

  • a regional network created to promote orientation in schools and create the conditions for young people in Apulia and Basilicata to enter the labour market in line with their potential and ambitions. This network is made of schools, governmental institutions, businesses, youth groups, and the third sector who plan and implement concrete projects on the ground.
  • the StartNet Europe network,a platform for dialogue among similar networks from different European regions to exchange good practices, learn together and be supported in their future development.

Our goal is to provide a productive and efficient transition system that guides and supports young people from school to work.
Funded by the Stiftung Mercator and by the Goethe-Institut, the network StartNet was officially launched in September 2017 in Bari.

The Stiftung Mercator is a German-based foundation committed to project in education, culture, science and art in different countries in the world. The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany worldwide, and in Italy, where it has been working actively on career guidance with schools from all over the country. Following the growing youth unemployment, which was triggered by the global financial crisis especially in Southern Europe, both institutions decided to act and gave birth to StartNet- Network transition education to work in two hardly hit regions, Apulia and Basilicata, for the period of 2017-2020.

StartNet is led by the Goethe-Institut Italien in Rome and Trani and by the Goethe-Institut Bruxelles. Our projects pool together national, European and private funds in effective, long-term and sustainable ways.

Mission

  • Fight youth unemployment and foster youth employability by meeting employment needs in Apulia and Basilicata.
  • Close the gap between education, training and work by promoting local resources and opportunities.
  • Continue and enhance cooperation between strategic partners through collective impact.
  • Strengthen the exchange with other European projects on education, training and access to the labour market.

Collective Impact

Five key criteria

Common Agenda
shared by all stakeholders
Continuous Communication
Information and knowledge exchange
Shared Monitoring
Consensus on indicators of impact
Backbone Organisation
dealing exclusively with the project coordination
Mutually reinforcing
activities across all sectors

Partners

Our goals

  • To create opportunities and offers that are aimed at young people, with the objective of making them the architects of development processes.
  • To strengthen career guidance at all stages of growth.
  • To improve the skills of all key players to promote best practices in the transition from school to work.
  • To carry out at least three projects each year with the participation of at least three network partners.
  • To implement a "multi-fund" approach that combines different sources of public funding together with private resources.
  • To establish a specialised European approach on the subject of the transition from education to work.
  • To develop shared guidelines and recommendations for workers and professionals involved in the transition from education to work.

StartNet

Meet Our Team

Stella Wirth Benedetti

Stella Wirth Benedetti

Project Assistant StartNet Italia, Administration

Goethe-Institut Rom

stella.wirth-benedetti@goethe.de

Angelika Bartholomäi

Angelika Bartholomäi

Project Manager StartNet Italia

Goethe-Institut Rom
 

angelika.bartholomai@goethe.de

Gesa Spätling

Gesa Spätling

Project Assistent StartNet Europe

Goethe-Institut Brüssel

gesa.spaetling@goethe.de

Jan Wilker

Jan Wilker

Project Manager StartNet Europe

Goethe-Institut Brüssel

jan.wilker@goethe.de

Perla Zanini

Perla Zanini

Project Assistent StartNet Italia, Public Relations and Communication

Goethe-Institut Rom

perla.zanini@goethe.de

Roberta Lops

Roberta Lops

Data and Monitoring Coordinator StartNet Italia

Goethe-Institut Rom (Field Office in Trani)

roberta.lops@goethe.de