The Confederation of European Senior Expert Services a.i.s.b.l., known as CESES, is an international not-for-profit association of 17 organisations from the member states of the European Union. The first such legal entity of its kind in Europe, it encompasses the skills of over 25,000 volunteers. Combining the vast resources of these organisations, CESES offers professional, voluntary, short-term assistance and advice to enterprises and institutions.

EVOLYOU : Improve your key competences by Mentoring

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CESES is a partner in the EvolYou project, which contributes to improve the level of key competences and skills, with particular regard to their relevance for labour market and their contribution to a cohesive society, in particular through strengthened cooperation between the world of education and training and the world of work.
Specifically, it aims to intervene on the marginalisation and social exclusion phenomena, favoring active inclusion of disadvantaged young people aged 15-30 into labour market and consequently in society. This objective is achieved through a training path of participated involvement of senior expert volunteers in an intergenerational mentoring environment.
The path contributes to upskill youngsters and bring them closer to work introduction systems, sharpening their soft and employability skills, so countering their conditions of fragility and disadvantage; furthermore it helps to develop the contribution of senior population to society.
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Project Leader : Volontariato Torino
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Mentoring young disadvantaged people for inclusion
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Unique expertise: The experts available to participate in CESES projects represent practitioners in virtually every industry and profession (over 20.000+ experts on roster).
Impact: CESES organizations contribute in a cost-efficient way to the achievement of the SDGs (economic value of volunteering)
Track record: CESES organizations have experience in several EU funding instruments. Ranging from AL-INVEST, EU SWITCH, Horizon2020, Erasmus+ and of course the NSA-LA programme.
Unique organization: EU coverage in members, and unique business model, CESES is the stand-alone professional volunteer service advisory instrument in Europe to focus on entrepreneurs in developing countries.

CESES launches in cooperation with PUM,
the EU Trade Initiative

CESES aims to contribute to raising standards of living in developing and emerging economies through voluntary assistance to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), business incubators and institutions like business service organisations and public agencies at local, national and regional level.

We believe that innovative partnerships, which include with volunteer organisations, tailored at the capacities and needs of MSMEs can boost EU ambition in the creation of decent jobs, and fighting poverty sustainably.
That said, a successful instrument like
EU Aid Volunteers Initiative can be replicated to serve a similar challenging agenda of promoting an economic transformation that creates decent jobs, increases productive capacity, and fostering sustainable value chains and diversification, including sustainable industrialization in EU partner countries.

CESES members bring unique people, expertise and sector knowledge to boost businesses, industries and regions. Thus, combining resources and strengths of senior expert organizations, peer-to-peer knowledge transfer that conveys the best of European values and ingenuity.

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