Job creation and youth employment
“Developing sustainable youth employment policies in an era of fiscal constraints”by Anna Dalosi
Presidency Conference on job creation and youth employment: “Developing sustainable youth employment policies in an era of fiscal constraints” was held in “Filoxenia” Conference Centre, Nicosia, 22-23 October 2012.
Joint Conference of the Employment Committee (EMCO) and the Heads of Public Employment Services (HoPES) of Member States, Ministry of Labour & Social Insurance - Department of Labour.
The Presidency Conference on Employment Priorities took place with the participation of members of the Employment Committee and the Public Employment Services together with representatives of Social Partners, educational training institutions, the EU Commission, and other European Institutions and stakeholders. The objectives of the conference were: to review the problems and barriers in employment, to encourage the EU Member States to initiate strategic activities in employment, and to establish proposals for new employment policies. The theme of the Conference was Youth Employment and some of the topics addressed were: training opportunities (apprenticeships, traineeships), matching the qualifications and expectations of young people with the needs of the market, and working conditions. Youth Employment was linked to the Youth Opportunities Initiative and the forthcoming Employment Package.
László ANDOR, European Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Consolidating Europe’s Single Market, will launch Skills Panorama in December 2012. Skills Panorama is expected to analyse skills mismatches across the EU, to provide foresight on skills needs and to provide information on sector-specific skill demand and supply, including green skills, and labour market dynamics.
All of us working in the fields of Youth and/ or Life-long Learning and Training are anticipating Skills Panorama trying to guess the level of correlation between this initiative and the eight well- known key competences for lifelong learning introduced by EU in 2006 (communication in the mother tongue, communication in foreign languages, mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology, digital competence, learning to learn, social and civic competences, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, and cultural awareness and expression).
Anna Dalosi participated in the Workshop: “Fostering youth employment by exploiting new job creation opportunities”. Here is a short account of the workshop.
Mr. Sandiago Lorance Garcia from the EU Commission spoke on the challenges of the three sectors which are expected to gather the larger number of jobs created (Green Jobs, Health Care & Social Welfare, and ICT) and the actions undertaken so far in EU.
Prof. Anne Green from the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, U.K. spoke on the role of employment strategies and presented an experiment which took place in U.K in order to study the experiences of young disadvantaged job seekers. She also argued the general acknowledgment that entering the job markets equals escaping poverty and social exclusion and she made a point that employability does not necessarily ensure employment.
In his presentation “Supporting youth integration into the labour market using skills intelligence and Vocational Education and Training (VET)”, Mr. Konstantinos Pouliakas, from Cedefop spoke on the difficulty in matching skills with jobs, the Europe 2020 Employment Package, the establishment of Sector Skills Councils and the Skills Panorama. The speaker stressed the importance of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in meeting labour market needs. He also referred to the study “the entry of young people into the labour market” conducted in 2009 and the typical pathways for young people in Europe. Mr. Pouliakas suggested that it is not certain that VET can ensure jobs more than higher education nd for this reason encouraging people to follow VET needs to be taken under serious consideration before designing new employment policies.
The workshop was chaired by prof. Gabriel Amitsis, member of the Presidency Conference Scientific Committee.