Power in Knowledge: Solution-Based Research to Tackle Emerging Challenges in European Youth Employment

Today’s rapid societal change and technological innovation bring about new challenges for young people and their rights. Against this backdrop, the European Student Think Tank (EST) commits to support Europe’s youth through its dedicated Working Group on Youth Employment and the support of the European Youth Forum. Through creating low>threshold knowledge products and disseminating them through their networks, the EST and the Youth Forum aim to equip young people with an evidence base that allows them to make informed decisions about their futures, while advocating for governments and institutions to safeguard their social and economic rights through quality job creation.

Entity

European Student Think Tank Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

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

Partners

  • European Youth Forum

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

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 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
  • 10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard

description

The European Student Think Tank (EST) is partnering with the European Youth Forum to provide a better understanding of challenges young people face in the changing world of work and solutions for policy-makers. This project will synergise the expertise the EST’s Working Group on Youth Employment along with the youth rights expertise of the European Youth Forum. In two publishing cycles, the Working Group will create low-threshold knowledge products and disseminate them through the EST’s network of ambassadors, who regularly hold participatory events and educational workshops for young people.

The European Youth Forum will provide the thematic focus for the research cycles, based on emerging trends in youth employment. The partnership will culminate in a workshop hosted by the platform to discuss the research with youth organisations working on social and economic inclusion.

In April 2020 and August/September 2020, the EST will release policy briefs engaging in cross-cutting and solution-oriented investigation. Together, the two organizations aim to equip the young with an evidence base that allows them to make informed decisions about their futures. The two organisations will equally advocate for governments and institutions to safeguard young people’s social and economic rights through quality job creation. The two organisations will use the research to inform their advocacy and campaigns as well as that of Member and Partner Organisations towards governments and institutions. Further, research papers will be disseminated to institutional stakeholders to foster better understanding of quality job creation for youth.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 10 knowledge products on youth employment developed

    4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    The EST creates easily accessible policy briefs and provides this content for free to other platforms and organizations, which hold participatory events and workshops. Topics of youth employment, skills and education revolve around major challenges the young face. By raising problem awareness, the EST supports young people’s decision-making and independence.

    BY: Dec 2020
  • 3 youth employment stakeholders supported through technical assistance, capacity-building or peer learning

    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

    Cooperating closely with other youth organizations, the EST produces knowledge that is receptive to young people’s experiences, struggles, and ideas. As part of the youth think tank, its Working Group strives to support stakeholders and decision-makers at the European level with innovative and sharp proposals for decent and inclusive employment.

    BY: Dec 2020
  • 5 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard

    As part of the EST Joint Initiative, analytical papers produced by the Working Group on Youth Employment are disseminated via EST Ambassadors who organise workshops on the papers' topics. The EST not only channels knowledge towards the youth, but represents it in the sphere of professional policy-oriented research and policy-making.

    BY: Dec 2020

Start

06-Apr-2020

End

31-Dec-2020

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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