During the NEET IDEA project, participants were exposed to researching, story-boarding, scripting, planning, designing, presenting, shooting, editing and producing short films. NEET IDEA opened many doors to learning for young people, due to the vast range of roles involved in media production. This project helped young people overcome their personal fears and barriers to educative resources. This encouragement was furthered by the ability for participants to accredit their learning, and increased their motivation to continue through an Open Badges Framework.
NEET IDEA focused on empowering young adult NEET’s with skills and attitudes that promote personal growth and fulfilment. This project promoted the building of self-confidence and self-esteem by working in team environments, being respected and respecting others. The NEET IDEA project gave young adults the opportunity to become part of a film crew by encouraging learners to make different types of short films, entitled “My Dream Job”. These productions varied between; comedy sketches, documentaries, mockumentaries, short films with a serious theme, etc. all produced from the comfort of their smartphones! These productions can be viewed on the NEET IDEA YouTube page:
NEET IDEA also worked to build an understanding of digital environments for adult educators, in order to enable and facilitate them in working with today’s young digital natives, who have technology embedded in their everyday routine. NEET IDEA acknowledged how important it is for different generations to unite and work together, in order to promote learning and employment among young people
Throughout the course of the NEET IDEA project, we trained adult educators to utilise and become familiar with a range of bespoke learning approaches to engage young adult NEET’s to build their confidence and competences. By exploring non-formal methods of education, educators pursued many methods of supporting young adults to re-engage in education and to take the first steps in planning careers in the digital and social media sectors. This project encouraged educators to learn and enact embedded-learning approaches to connect and engage with NEET’s, to support their reintegration into education, employment, or training.