Private, public and social actors building bridges for youth employment

Sustainable Development Goal(s): 4. Quality education

Priorities for change:
Private, public and social actors building bridges for youth employment

Youth unemployment remains one of the biggest socioeconomic challenges in Europe. Employers, employment agencies and youth organisations are joining forces to help young people in finding sustainable jobs or positive work experience. Below you will find some of the initiatives kick-started by The Shift, our members and our partners.

Discover Your Talent: jobcoaching for youngsters

In 2010 some members set up Discover Your Talent, a coaching programme whereby employers support young people in their search for work. At the moment, four companies (Accenture, Freshfields, Nestlé and Securex) along with Maks vzw and The Shift, are participating in Discover Your Talent.

During the 6th edition on May 10, employers of the companies mentioned above once again spent a whole work day helping young people to write a CV, look for jobs online and prepare for a job interview. On the following link you can find all the photo's of Discover Your Talent Day 2016. In the following 6 months, Maks vzw will monitor whether the young people actually get a job. Would you like to participate in this project with your organisation? Then visit the website or let us know via mail!

Watch the video on Discover Your Talent 2015 below:

ENGAGE - a practical guide to employee volunteering

David Leyssens, CEO The Shift: “We’re pleased to see more and more actors from both the profit and non-profit sectors joining forces and creating projects for youth employability. These partnerships go beyond just financial support and evolve into projects where skills and expertise are shared through employee volunteering. Companies stimulate their employees to participate in societal initiatives during or outside working hours.”

In order to share our experiences with projects such as Discover Your Talent and to stimulate other actors to get involved, Accenture, Beci and The Shift developed ‘ENGAGE – a practical guide to partnerships involving employee volunteering’. In this practical guide below you will find tips and testimonies about setting up partnerships for voluntary work. Hopefully this publication can inspire your organisation and stakeholders to play a part as well!

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Europe’s Captains of Industry on board with Pact 4 Youth

In November 2015 the CEOs of some of Europe’s biggest companies also stressed their engagement in the fight against youth unemployment during a debate with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for Employment Marianne Thyssen. This debate took place prior to the launch of the European Pact for Youth at the Enterprise 2020 Summit, organised by our partner network CSR Europe. The business world and education institutions aim to improve their cooperation through this programme, so that more young people can join the employment market. The pact will both foster new cross-border initiatives and boost existing local projects such as  Discover Your Talent or Alliance 4 Youth.

Members mentioned in this article