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How to make ALMA work

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ALMA (Aim, Learn, Master, Achieve) is designed as a social empowerment initiative for disadvantaged young people aged 18 to 29 not in employment, education or training (NEETs). It will be launched over the course of 2022 and financed by the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+).

The first call for proposals under the ESF initiative Social Innovation Plus in support of ALMA was launched in December 2022, and will close 15/03/2023 at 5:00 PM CET.  More information can be found on the call page

For general information about the initiative, visit the ALMA introductory page.

The practical information provided here is addressed to Member States and stakeholders in order to help them with the setting up of ALMA and making it a success. It also includes answers to most frequently asked questions.

ALMA - making a difference

  • ALMA responds to the expectations of young people - A special Eurobarometer survey on the Future of Europe reveals that social inequalities and unemployment are the most important concerns of young Europeans. ALMA responds to both of them as it aims to ensure integration of the most disadvantaged young people aged 18 to 29 not in employment, education or training both into the labour market and into society more broadly.
  • ALMA is innovative - It is based on the concept of the transformational effect of a work-related learning experience abroad included in a comprehensive project cycle and an individual tailor-based approach. This experience is coupled with mentoring and coaching which accompanies participants at every step. ALMA is an active inclusion initiative, where mobility is a means to achieve this aim, rather than the aim itself.
  • ALMA builds on proven success - It was inspired by a long-standing, cross-border social innovation pilot scheme, implemented by Germany since 2008. This project was taken over in 2012 by an ESF-supported transnational network of 11 Member States and regions. From 2015, it was implemented through a transnational coordinated call in the context of the ESF ('TLN Mobility'). The Member States and regions participating include Germany, Czechia, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the Italian region of Trento, and the Spanish regions of Andalusia, Galicia and Catalonia. The project has already supported around 7000 young people with promising results:


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Practical Information specific to your role


For further information, contact : EMPL-ALMA@EC.EUROPA.EU

More information on the the ESF Social Innovation Plus Call to support ALMA is available via its dedicated page.