Young people, aged between 16 and 29 years old, have been severely hit by the global economic crisis and the scars are still there today.
Youth unemployment rates reached high levels at the height of the crisis and since then, have barely changed. (OECD, OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability).
Moreover, the youth unemployment rate is practically three times higher than it is the case for their adult counterparts. (ILO, World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2015).
But despite high unemployment, about four in ten enterprises in EU regions and sectors claim that they cannot meet their needs for labour and skills.(CEDEFOP 2015, Matching skills and jobs in Europe Insights from Cedefop’s European skills and jobs survey)
Yet, the employability of youth depends inevitable on the skills they can bring to the labour market – which means to get a job today, but also the ability to adapt to future labour market needs, whatever they might be. Youth skills are of little value if young people remain outside or on the margins of the labour market, or if their skills are not used effectively in the workplace. (OECD, OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability).
To reverse this untoward uprising trends of skill mismatch and unemployment, the young generation needs to understand the job market in order to be able to develop the right qualification for their career.
The job market, on one hand, as well as Europe’s policy makers, on the other hand, need to understand the young generation needs and demands in order to be able to fill position where there is high demand of specific skills, to keep up with the dynamism of emerging skills, to encourage and make space for a fulfilling work life driven by creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
In order to do so JADE’s Generation Club is focusing on 2 topics:
Topic 1: consists in a roundtable discussion about “The Education & Skill Gap Challenge in Europe – What do students and companies truly need nowadays?”. We will go therefore through the following cruel questions:
- What are entrepreneurial skills and what are technical skills? How can we combine them?
- What does student expect from an entrepreneurial education?
- What does the academic world thing about the skill mismatch?
- Supposing that skills mismatch leads to youth unemployment, what are the skills companies need?
Topic 2: “Confronting the skills mismatch in Europe – transforming Europe in an entrepreneurial society” will take place in the form of group discussions while combing different stakeholders. We will hereby focus on the following questions:
- What does it mean to be entrepreneurial in a company?
- What kind of entrepreneurial education programmes offer companies to catch up on the skills mismatch?
- How can universities help to bridge the skill gap?
- How can we, as student organisations/ NGOs collaborate to provide our network with these skills the labour market desperately needs?
The aimed outcome of Generations Club is supposed to be an intergenerational Action Plan, signed by all stakeholders, on fostering the Entrepreneurial Education in order to transform Europe into an actual entrepreneurial society.