CESI: Youth Board Convenes in Brussels
The CESI Youth Board met in Brussels to discuss some of the most important challenges which youth interest representation faces in the EU. As such, two topics at centre of the debate were (1) the role of interest representation for young people and (2) the future of work and how youth is impacted by the lack of sufficient transitions from education to work opportunities and sufficient recognition of skills, qualifications and certification.
The Youth Board agreed that the Future of Work can only be designed with the participation of young workers. So far, the EU level has been confronted with high youth unemployment, precarious work conditions and less and less access to quality employment for youngsters in the labor market. The CESI Youth Board expressed its concerns that often young people are not equipped with the right skills to enter and remain in the labor market and that they may be largely affected by precarious work.
There was general consensus among the participants that major trends influencing the future of work (globalisation, technological & demographic changes, demographic ageing) are both an opportunity and a challenge for young workers. Surprisingly, despite remaining high unemployment rates, roughly 40 % of businesses cannot find workers with the right skills (ManPower 2018 talent report). The recent European Parliament study on ‘Shaping the future of work’ highlighted that more and more young people are falling behind on work opportunities because of the lack of proper experience and right skills. CESI Youth Board members, who came from member organisations in Italy, Hungary, Germany, Poland and Luxembourg, agreed that:
• the current European educational systems do not sufficiently teach and cater the skills needed in the job market and that reforms are needed in this field
• a better recognition of work experiences is needed, including through mentorships, apprenticeships, qualifications recognitions following an internship, a Youth Guarantee employment and VETs.
Find the full summary of the Youth board here.