The statistics show that unemployment among young people is increasing across Europe, where in several countries it has even reached more than 40%. Nowadays, being a graduate from a reputable university with high marks is not enough to ensure rapid employment. There are many reasons behind the problem of youth unemployment, for example: lack of particular skills, wrong educational system, mismatches between education and needs in labor market, lack of self confidence, lack of self esteem, and of course structural lack of working places.
What can young people do to increase their employability then? How are they going to find a job? How are they going to effectively present themselves in the labor market and succeed? These are just some of the questions which youth and new graduates are looking answers to.
Please find attached an open call for participants for a training course on advocacy that will take place in Portugal in October. The Youth UnEmployment project of AEGEE is partner of the training and can send 2 participants from France.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if interested! If you want to know more about advocacy strategies and processes, in a multicultural setting, using non-formal education methods, this is the training for YOU !
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The European Youth Forum has today issued a Press Release ahead of the European Council meeting tomorrow and on 28 June, calling for European leaders to meet young people’s employment expectations.
We urge the European Council to take coordinated action and ensure concrete European, national and regional investment to guarantee quality jobs for young people, through implementing an efficient Youth Guarantee, fighting in-work precariousness as well as committing to adopting quality frameworks on internships and apprenticeships.
The latest EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review has been published.
The Review highlights that the number of jobs is at an all time low since the onset of the crisis. Youth unemployment continues to rise in countries such as Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus and Slovenia, and in April 2013 stood at 23.5% in the EU27.
There will be two importnat meetings concerning youth employment in the coming weeks.
On the 20th of June Employment and Social Affairs Ministers will meet in Luxembourg regarding youth employment and the youth guarantee, for more information on this see:
Following the YO! Fest the Youth Forum’s Secretary General, Giuseppe Porcaro, did an in-depth interview with Europarl TV on young people and Europe.
The first part of the interview focuses on youth participation and the European elections next year, the second part focuses on youth employment. Particularly the youth guarantee and the need to invest further in the scheme
You can watch the interview at the following link:
Following the launch of the study last October, we are pleased to share with you the links to the online final version of the full report as well as the executive summary.
The study is available in English and Spanish (kindly translated by the Spanish Youth Council).
The Study is a valuable advocacy tool for the recognition of non-formal education and the skills developed by young people in this setting; it also reinforces the key role that youth organisations play as providers of quality non-formal education.
Read the article from the Nordic Labour Journal here
Bjarne Brøndbo, the employer who didn’t say no after the first attempt
He stood there with his cigaret behind his ear, asking: Bjarne, where can I smoke? “That was the first thing he said to me,” says employer Bjarne Brøndbo. After a few hours he was ready to give up on the school dropout. He called the Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) and said he didn’t think it would work. Give him one more chance, said Randi Nyheim Aglen from the youth team. That was the beginning of a good story. What happened?
Bjarne Brøndbo, entrepreneur and head of car breakers and online car spares company Bil1Din.no gave the 17 year old one more week. He took him into his office and told him:
“I understand that you have no work experience. If you are to stay here I expect things from you. Let’s start with two things: you will be in work every day. The working day starts at eight in the morning. You must be here a little bit before so you are ready to start work at eight o’clock sharp, and you will work until four o’clock. And second: you will not have your hands in your pockets. These are your tasks for the first week. If you manage that we have come very far.”
That was the clear message from the employer, but the ten workers at the small car spares company had to back the move.
“Thanks to my not particularly skeptical workers who were willing to try this, he stayed with us for a while,” says Bjarne Brøndbo.