Workshop Bridging Social Inequalities in Youth Access to Learning and Employment
Curated by Nelly Corbel, Global Civic Consulting,Member of the NECE Advisory Board, Egypt/France & Caroline Hornstein Tomic, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Member of the NECE Advisory Board, Croatia
Youth unemployment is pronounced in regions – in Europe, the South Mediterranean, and beyond – which pass through economic and social transformations or are threatened by structural decline. Development perspectives of such regions are particularly dim if the most skilled, talented and affluent young are leaving to build a future elsewhere, and if a growing NEETs peer population (not in education, employment, or training) stays behind. Reasons for high youth unemployment and brain drain are diverse – still, both are linked with social inequality, which translates in non-equal access to comprehensive education, practice (work) based learning and eventual employment. Evidently, inequalities are furthermore perpetuated due to the (non-) availability of social capital. While youth from privileged backgrounds have access to networks and opportunities that allow them to fill in skills gaps and expand their professional portfolio, youth without social capital can only rely on what is publically available, which in marginalized regions is scarce. This session will provide a deep dive into different initiatives and programs, which all seek to tackle the nexus between inequality and employability specifically (but not only) in regions challenged by structural decline. We will explore how a comprehensive educational offer for youth to become self-sustainable professionals and active citizens in their local communities can be boosted through partnership between civic, educational, public and business sectors.