EST and European Youth Forum Commit to Tackling Emerging Challenges in European Youth Employment

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 provide solutions for policy-makers.

(Europe) Decent Jobs for Youth partners European Student Think Tank and European Youth Forum have pledged a joint commitment - Power in Knowledge, to produce solution-based knowledge, leveraging youth networks and expertise on youth employment and youth rights.

Today’s rapid societal change and technological innovation bring about new challenges for young people’s future and their rights. Moreover, as the world struggles to cope with the novel coronavirus pandemic, young people are likely to disproportionately suffer from its social and economic impacts. Young people are a lightning rod for change. Youth organizations like European Student Think Tank and European Youth Forum are taking the lead in bridging knowledge gaps to support young people as well as in finding innovative and potential approaches to safeguard young workers and entrepreneurs' jobs and livelihoods.

The Working Group will create low-threshold knowledge products and disseminate them through the EST’s network of ambassadors and various knowledge-sharing activities. Together, the European Student Think Tank and European Youth Forum 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 commitment will boost action and impact on Green jobs for youth, Digital skills for youth and Quality apprenticeships. 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 proposals for decent and inclusive employment.

The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Decent Jobs for Youth was launched in 2016 as a UN system-wide effort, focusing on the youth employment challenge that is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has emerged as a global, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, social partners, the private sector, youth and civil society organizations, and others. They work together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional level, to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide.


For more information, please contact:

Lena Hillmeier I

Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth I



  • European Youth Forum

  • European Student Think Tank

Published Date

08 June 2020