The combination of practical and theoretical approach of the Intercept Project has helped many NEET’s secure work placements in Lithuania

The Intercept Pilot Project in Lithuania has demonstrated remarkable success through its proactive approach, continually evolving and adapting its strategies in response to emerging obstacles and opportunities. The initiative primarily targets the Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) population, aged 25 to 29, who are confronted with various challenges hindering their entry into the job market. Spearheaded by the Employment Service of Lithuania, the Intercept project is a deliberate effort to unlock the untapped potential of these young individuals.

A core component of the INTERCEPT Project is the provision of 40 hours of comprehensive training, complemented by a unique opportunity for participants to embark on 200 hours of paid work placement within the green labor market. The pilot program employs a multifaceted approach, ensuring that NEETs receive the support necessary for their thriving. A notable distinction is that NEETs in Lithuania are registered with the Employment Service, enabling them to access medical insurance. This facilitated the use of our extensive database to reach out to NEETs through invitations to join the project, effectively kickstarting the formation of training groups.

The live meeting introduced the project to participants, addressing their queries comprehensively. Notably, more than half of the training sessions were conducted face-to-face, resulting in an impressively low dropout rate. The small group sizes, typically ranging from 7 to 15 participants, contributed to the quality of training and personalized attention. Impressively, 82 percent of project participants transitioned to work placements, with training and work opportunities organized across four cities, thus covering a significant portion of Lithuania.

A parallel communication strategy was used with employers, leveraging our extensive database to invite them to participate and offer work placements. Online meetings were organized to provide detailed information and address inquiries. Identifying companies aligned with green practices presented certain challenges, eventually leading to the evaluation of any efforts by companies towards reducing CO2 emissions.

Once a list of work placements became available, participants were presented with opportunities during the training. Those who preferred to be autonomous had the option to search for internships independently. Numerous companies generously opened their doors to participants, contributing to the development of sustainable career prospects. Furthermore, the intervention highlighted the increasing significance of digital skills alongside soft skills like communication, creativity, and critical thinking in the green job market. Many work placements were offered to various IT specialists within green companies.

Profiling played a pivotal role in providing tailored support, aligning participants with ideal work placements that matched their skills and aspirations. The use of the Unlock test for NEETs, followed by consultations with Employment Service psychologists, ensured a holistic approach. Participants benefit from this experience, while the staff at the Employment Service gain valuable skills and insights into the ever-evolving world of work.

This ongoing Intercept pilot program serves as a beacon, offering invaluable insights into engaging NEETs and facilitating their transition into the job market. Prioritizing the green economy, tailoring training and on-the-job experiences, the program empowers participants, laying the foundation for a sustainable and promising career journey. To enhance attractiveness, the Employment Service offers free vocational training or employment subsidies for NEETs to consider after their internships.


Most of the enrolled NEETs and current interns are female (57% of activated internships are females, and 43% are male). Each participant got a covering for traveling expenses of 100 euros, as almost all training was face-to-face. 

A trainer from the program emphasized that the primary goal of the Intercept project is to raise awareness about the green economy. The training involves practical elements, introspection, reflection, and discussions that encourage participants to envision alternative scenarios for the future labor market, prospective employees, and the implementation of green economy principles. This process nurtures qualities like personal responsibility, awareness, understanding, and the ability to predict the consequences of various options. These skills are deemed essential for working within the green economy of the future.

One of our participants attested to the project's impact, highlighting the development of teamwork skills, a deeper understanding of sustainability, and newfound self-awareness. The project also revealed the importance of sustainability not only in personal lives and the environment but also in the workplace and relationships with employers. It underscored the idea that work should provide opportunities for self-realization, skill acquisition, and competency enhancement. Additionally, the project demonstrated that many individuals, regardless of age, grapple with similar challenges, such as uncertainty regarding their career paths or desired work pursuits. This type of training proves particularly beneficial for individuals seeking employment or contemplating career changes.

The Intercept project encompasses both theoretical and practical components. Internships offer participants the chance to work in new companies and explore unfamiliar fields. Organizers provide guidance and support throughout both phases, with the theoretical component deepening participants' knowledge of sustainability, the green economy, and technology. Self-discovery exercises, including various tests and psychology lectures, enrich the learning experience. In summary, this project offers a comprehensive and rewarding journey for youths, earning a strong recommendation.

In a broader context, the project is yielding positive results, with NEETs in Lithuania actively participating, appreciating the training, and some securing employment contracts with the companies where they completed their internships. Companies themselves have gained insights into their green potential while contributing to the professional growth of young individuals. While acknowledging that more work remains to be done to address the challenges and needs of NEETs, this project represents a significant step forward in providing work opportunities to young people.

Above all, the INTERCEPT Project has been instrumental in enhancing the understanding of NEETs' needs and proposing solutions and improvements for future policies and projects at the Lithuanian Employment Service.

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Motivating mobilizing supporting NEETs green career pathway.
Call: Unlocking Youth Potential
Project No. 2020-1-0033
Lead partner: Jobsplus
Duration: 29 months


INTERCEPT benefits from a € 2.18M grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.