Cooperative model against exclusion - CmaE

The purpose of the project is to aid the designing of training programs for youngsters and people at risk of exclusion by sharing good practices between partner countries on cooperatives and workshops.

This is arranged by examining partners’ know-how and good practices in cooperatives and youth workshops, as social inclusion tools for young people and people in danger of marginalization, while introducing it as an option for entrepreneurial activity.

During the project trainers and trainees complete visits in Finland, Belgium, Spain, and Austria; and produce a best practice e-guide for dissemination across the field.


All of the partners have a need to increase the social inclusion of the people in danger of marginalization and to find new ways of management in this field.

Disfranchisement from the system has caused negative effects transcending generations in some cases. To be able to give opportunities to individuals breaking off this trap, the educational and managerial skills in the field have to be upgraded.

Cooperatives can be used as a place to grow technical, social and learning competences. The ultimate target is to create sustainable employment for the client/trainee/student.

Subjects & Problems:

  1. Youth worklessness is a vast and multifaceted problem that has to be addressed by different approaches. The youth workshops cooperatives and VETs working together may prove to be one of the solutions.

  2. Creating alternative and resilient entrepreneurship models, to prevent disenfranchisement of individuals to become an even bigger problem.

  3. Although, the trainers in workshops are qualified specialists in their professional fields, they tend to lack adequate training in pedagogical and guidance skills. To have workshops operate more effective with educational organizations, these skills could be upgraded. Cooperatives can provide a learning environment for trainees and development tool for trainers in this upgrading process.

  4. The need to retain trainees and students once they have enrolled.

Main objectives:

    To share good practices in

    • Motivating our target group
    • Economical management of youth workshops and cooperatives
    • Branding of the products and whole youth workshop field
    • Dealing with the individuals from the most challenging target groups
    • Pedagogical competences of trainers

  • Write an e-guide of these good practices and introduce widely in our organizations to be used in our everyday work.
  • To raise awareness of future exchange opportunities for staff, trainees and students
  • To improve trainee and student satisfaction and retention
For more info, contact us:

Die Querdenker e.U.