Young & unemployed

According to the European Commission, unemployment reached 24.6 million people in August 2014, out of which 5 million are aged 15 and 24. Millions of youngsters across Europe are struggling to find jobs or to further their education, facing a world from which they feel increasingly disconnected with. The financial crisis of 2008 devastated national economies around the world that are still recovering. But the spotlight is only now beginning to shine on a different issue that could affect national economies again, the youth unemployment crisis. Many young people between the ages of 15 to 24 have trouble finding a job or further their education. That makes it hard to cope with a new working environment in which they believe they have no role. The economic recession has forced many to accept unpaid internships or become long-term unemployed which leads to a lack of confidence, social exclusion and it has been proven that those experiencing unemployment at an early age have years of lower earnings and an increased likelihood of unemployment ahead of them.

There are a number of reasons why youth unemployment has been on the rise and here are a few examples; The leap from schools to the workplace has become increasingly difficult because schools continue to train students for jobs that no longer exist or have evolved. In the EU alone there are issues in the educational system just because institutions refuse to work together. The world is constantly changing but the education system is not evolving fast enough and the mismatch between what employers are looking for what they are getting is only increasing.

Another reason for the large number of unemployed young people is the recent crisis, which caused economic slowdown and tightening of the labour market. Young workers are more at risk to fluctuations in the labour market, because they usually have lower job protection- most of them are employed on a temporary basis. Moreover, during a recession businesses tend to first stop hiring new staff and then laying off current employees, which limits the new positions available for young people entering the labour market.

The lack of professional experience is a big obstacle that prevents young people from getting a job. Having less job-related experience than adult workers makes youngsters more vulnerable when there are lay-offs and decreases their chances to be employed for newly opened positions. As a result, young people are most likely to be the last to be employed and in the same time the first to be laid off. This makes the transition from school to the labour market a hard road.

As explained above, youth unemployment is a key topic in Europe. The young people we work with are disadvantaged youth that don’t have a degree and are searching for a job. This quest can lead to difficulties and frustration. In order to eliminate this disadvantage, we inform the young people about youth unemployment. We teach them the methods to search for a job and inform them about the European initiatives about youth unemployment such as Youth Guarentee. We give them the opportunity to gain experience by doing a 1 day observation internship in a field that they choose. As internees they will see the different process and phases in a company. We will also bring them together with a recruiter in a recruitment office to see how they coop with it. This way they can get information and an immediate feedback from the recruiter about what they do wright and wrong. The youngsters will also have the opportunity to do a role-play for a job interview together with the recruiter. Together with the youngsters we are going to write a Europass CV and a motivation letter.

Our objectives are:

-Inform the young people about the European initiatives regarding youth unemployment such as youth guarantee. We will do so during our trip to the European youth centre In Strasbourg
-Discuss the youth unemployment issue in Europe more specifically France and Belgium by organizing panel discussion
-Inform them about methods of job searching by seminars and workshops
The participants are able to write a Europass CV and a motivation letter
-The participants know the do’s and the dont’s for a job interview
-The participants are motivated to find a job and know how to do so
-The youngsters are well aware of the recruitment and selection process in an organization
-The youngsters know the different process in an organization
-Improve cultural exchange between the youngsters of France and Belgium
-Enabling exchange of experience and know-how between the 2 organisations and the young people

With this project we want to motivate the unemployed youngsters to not give up on their quest to find a fitting job. We want to show them together with their peers that they are not alone and that they can find a job with the correct tools. Hence we are going to bring them together with a professional recruiter who will explain the do’s and the don’ts of a job interview dur