Responding to the priorities of the Lisbon agenda and the Europe 2020 strategy treating entrepreneurship as a key component of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, C2E targets young carers aged 18-30 with particular focus on women from low-income families and adopting a youth-led methodology, it will construct and implement evidence-based, well-tested and replicable educational and training curricula to develop young carers’ practical, creative and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to become confident and successful young entrepreneurs.
According to the Erasmus+ funded Care2Work project young carers face a number of barriers when accessing education, training and employment. The same research suggests that young carers develop a number of soft skills and competencies (interpersonal, practical) that with the right support can lead them into the development of their own entrepreneurial business. Since young carers have little opportunity to improve their position in society through regular employment, entrepreneurship represents an option for overcoming these hurdles (Peredo 2006) and may help them accomplish several goals, such as increased self-worth and satisfaction through overcoming obstacles in the labour market (Ghormley 2001). At a critical point for Europe when youth unemployment continues to rise, IARS has put together a strategic partnership to run C2E as a youth-led, transnational project that will develop, test and implement innovative practices in a newly emerged area in the field of youth.
39% of the young Romanians under 35 want to start their own business, while 43% of the Romanians say they would not give up their dream of starting a business, according to Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report (AGER) 2018. AGER report uses Amway Entrepreneurial Spirit Index (AESI) index which measures the desire to start one’s own business, the feasibility of the prospect of being an entrepreneur, and the stability of the desire to be an entrepreneur, despite discouragement from the social environment.