The Pyrenees are experiencing various socio-demographic trends in the mountains, including an ageing population, an exodus of young people and an increase in the number of unaccompanied minors. By offering training in traditional mountain sectors, the AVENIR project aims to provide these young people with a future and encourage them to contribute to local revitalisation.
Thanks to the AVENIR project, 15 young people under the protection of the child welfare system were trained to work in the mountains and received support for their socio-professional integration in the Pyrenees. Their received training in, among other sectors, high-altitude catering, maintenance and management of ski lifts, pastoralism, hospitality in tourist facilities and outdoor sports. Since the end of the project in May 2022, 8 of them found a job and the others are still in training. The majority of the young people decided to stay in the Pyrenees.
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The project was funded by the Interreg POCTEFA programme. Cohesion Policy is an essential tool for development and social and territorial cohesion in mountain areas. Discover this example and other initiatives for youth and employment in Montana174‘s brochures.7 July 2022