Workshop: Bridging Social Inequalities in Youth Access to Learning and Employment

Workshop: Bridging Social Inequalities in Youth Access to Learning and Employment

Nada Bahgat, American University Cairo, Egypt
Andy Cameron, Glasgow Guarantee, UK
Daska Domljan, Foundation Znanja na djelu/ Wissen am Werk, Croatia
Dunja Vuković, Pro Youth, Croatia
Jan Wilker, StartNet / Goethe-Institut Brussels, Belgium

Moderation: Caroline Hornstein Tomic, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, 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: many skilled, talented and affluent young are leaving and a growing number of NEETs (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. Inequalities are furthermore perpetuated due to the lack of social capital. 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.