Workshop on youth employability
Moderated by Ian Clifford (YouRock, UK) and Dr.
Mara Jakobsone (LIKTA, Latvia)
Issue: How to help youth to get their first work
experience and alternative e-skills for employment
the policy agendas for youth employment
countries Digital Agenda as a policy priority,
then youth employability and skills suffer.
Conclusions and recommendations:
For youth employability it is a challenge
to get national and /or regional support from
policy makers, in the form of funding or any
other type of support. Funds are often being used
inefficiently (e.g. Youth Guarantee). Civil society
should be more involved in the implementation
of programmes like the Youth Guarantee.
Policy makers are not very efficient at
Speakers: Ilona Griniute (Telecentre Europe); Esther Subias (El
Teb); Zagorka Prce Veseli (Centre of Technical Culture Rijeka)
establishing links between employers and educators.
This is where telecentres and NGOs can and should •
Although government’s action is often
missing, some NGOs believe that more proactivity
on this issue is needed from both employers and
civil society. This is an alternative to “waiting”
for the governments to make the difference.
In terms of what telecentres and NGOs can do to
boost youth employability, they are already providing
innovative online tools, platforms with resources
and even employer led training programmes.
Innovative approaches like the pairing of
young immigrant IT guides with resident seniors
from the host countries (project in Sweden), are
Speakers: Tariq Nazari & Gunilla Lundberg (Enter Sweden);
needed to provide a unique inter-generational
Loreta Križinauskienė (Langas i Ateiti); Ekaterina Fedotova
learning experience and a pathway to employment.
step in, as it happens in the FIT4jobs.eu pilot projects. •
Telecentres can also get in touch with
agreements teachers and support them to be more innovative
are a good way to create links with the and borrow some aspects of non-formal training.
governments and create trust and accountability. •
It is important to be creative in attracting
Trainings for young people should young people to ICT careers, not only by
always be employer approved so that the teaching the hard skills, but also things like 3D
skills taught are updated and can be certified. orienting or robotics, which get their attention.
The topics of self-employment and
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