The future of work and youth: advocating for the creation of a youth-inclusive labour market in Europe

The world of work is changing, creating new opportunities but also considerable challenges for young people, who already face a precarious situation in the labour market.

In 2019, the European Youth Forum will advocate for the creation of a youth-inclusive future labour market by developing policy-makers’, youth organisations’, and young people's understanding of how the future of work will impact Europe's youth and how to begin to respond today. Through this initiative, the Youth Forum aims to ensure all young people can enjoy their social and economic rights.

The Youth Forum is the lead entity and responsible for financing.

Entity

European Youth Forum Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable
  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • 10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

description

This advocacy initiative is led by the European Youth Forum, which represents over 100 youth organisations in Europe. It aims to build a better understanding among key stakeholders of the impacts of the future of work on young people and advocate for solutions to tackle the barriers to a labour market that does not leave young people behind.

The Youth Forum will advocate for the creation of quality jobs for young people in the context of the changing world of work, touching upon issues such as skills for the future, just transition and youth-led enterprises like cooperatives.

In order to achieve this, the Youth Forum will:

1) Develop and launch a report on the future of work and youth, which identifies key challenges and opportunities for Europe's youth in the context of the future of work. This report will serve to build the understanding of key stakeholders such as policy-makers on where support and investment is needed, as well as that of young people and youth organisations for their own advocacy.

2) Develop, in consultation with its Member Organisations, a policy document providing concrete recommendations to address the challenges outlined in the report.

3) Organise a campaign, based on the report and policy document, that aims to challenge the existing discourse on the future of work focusing primarily on technology or current challenges like the platform economy. The campaign will promote policy responses to the future of work that are more forward-looking and that address the key issues affecting youth.

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https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanYouthForum
https://www.instagram.com/youth_forum/
https://twitter.com/youth_forum

Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 1 knowledge products on youth employment developed

    10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

    Report on the future of work identifying key challenges and opportunities for Europe's youth and suggesting possible solutions to tackle them. The report serves as a knowledge product for stakeholders, including policy-makers, but also for young people and youth organisations in their own advocacy.

    BY: Mar 2019
  • 1 knowledge products on youth employment developed

    1.3 Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable

    Policy position providing key recommendations, including on skills, sustainable production, and youth entrepreneurship, to address the challenges that the future of work brings, as adopted by over 100 youth organisations across Europe.

    BY: Nov 2019
  • 5 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Running of a campaign aiming to challenge the existing discourse on the future of work which focuses mainly on digitalisation and current challenges. Instead we will promote a holistic approach to the future of work that is more forward-looking and addresses key issues for youth.

    BY: Dec 2019

Start

04-Mar-2019

End

31-Dec-2019

Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-35

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young people in rural areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Specific ethnic groups
  • Low-income individuals
  • Non-low income individuals
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs
  • Graduates of second-level education and students in third-level education or beyond

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