Youth Employability

Welcome to the Youth Employability working group of UniteIT!

With high youth unemployment rates across Europe and an estimate of 900.000 unfilled ICT jobs before 2020, we need to empower young people now.

The focus of this group “Youth Employability” is young people and their digital skills that are required for jobs and future careers. The goal of our working group is to create coalition of different actors and stakeholders with different backgrounds who are contributing to development of young people’s digital skills and motivating them to choose ICT careers.

Potential group members are: representatives of NGOs and public institutions, libraries, schools, universities, industry organizations, ICT students, trainers, employers, researchers and all others willing to support youth employment and ICT career development.

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For any questions, please contact the group moderator Mara Jakobsone.

Members: 51
Latest activity: Apr 10, 2019

Summary of objectives and topics

Objectives of the working group

1.      Collect data: activities, initiatives, campaigns, resources, tools, impact metrics with respect to youth employment

2.      Propose joint activities: identify partnerships and opportunities for collaborative initiatives that could impact on youth employment

3.      Make policy recommendations: identify policy recommendations that could be beneficial to youth employment

Topics to address

1. Awareness

  • Importance of digital skills among young people: exploring the issues and barriers
  • Encouraging young people to choose ICT careers: exploring issues and barriers

2. Tools, Campaigns, Resources

  • Profiling tools and methodologies that help young people according to their ICT skills level and potential
  • Support schemes for young people to upgrade their ICT skills (Pan- European, national)
  • Employment/employability campaigns
  • Best training practices and tools to upgrade ICT skills for young people
  • Best motivation schemes and good practices initiatives to replicate/upscale

3. Skills matching

  • Linking young peoples’ career plans with employer needs at two levels
    • At a general level
    • At a higher level within the gaming, cloud and mobile sectors
  • Helping young people understand what skills are needed to get a new digital job, and where these resources can be accessed locally

 4. IT Apprenticeships, Internships & mentoring

  • Encouraging and supporting industry to create valuable apprenticeships and internships
  • Enabling and encouraging in-service ICT training (when its often the first area to be cut in difficult economic times) to build a wider base of highly skilled IT professionals
  • Mentoring schemes
  • Overcome geographic issues for young people to be able to afford to take up schemes away from their homes

Group Discussions

Moodle platform on Business startup for young students

Posted by Altheo Valentini Jul 18, 2016 0 Replies

Dear all,I've just posted a message on the Unite-it Blog with more information about…Continue

Youth Guarantee and the NEETs

Posted by Henriett Hangodi. Last reply by Gabriela Ruseva Oct 16, 2015. 4 Replies

Dear Members,We are interested in Youth Guarantee and we would be really pleased if you could share your relevant experiece with us in this field and in connection with how to reach NEETs - Young…Continue

Looking for partners in EVS projects

Posted by Henriett Hangodi Oct 5, 2015 0 Replies

Dear Unite-IT members!Our organisation’s partner, the Regional Telecottages Public Association of South Hungarian Plain is going to apply for the Erasmus+ programme, more precisely for the KA1-…Continue

Youth Employability workshop at #TEAC15

Posted by Gabriela Ruseva. Last reply by Gunilla Lundberg Sep 23, 2015. 5 Replies

Dear Youth Employability working group members!We are looking forward to meeting you in Belgrade at the Youth Employability workshop which will take place on 24th September during the first day of TE…Continue


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