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Youth Work Programmes across the EU – Valuable work skills such as responsibility, reliability, planning, problem solving and managing (but also entrepreneurial skills) can be gained

The expert group examined a wide range of initiatives involving youth work, across the EU, to support and promote the employability of young people. In doing so this report provides an insight and guidance for all those working with young people as to how the application of youth work principles and practice can support their work.

The analysis of practices proved that youth work principles – such as voluntary participation, youth-centeredness and mutual respect – were appealing for young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and as a result more productive in delivering outcomes for all concerned.

The practices in this report also demonstrate that youth work often collaborates with other and different sectors, policy-makers, employers, Public Employment Services and other relevant actors to address the needs of young people.

From the practices the expert group mapped the youth work practices against the challenges young people are facing which shows the clear correlation between them. The different messages and outcomes are also detailed here, outlining what that contribution of youth work is in each context.

The result of this mapping exercise is presented in messages illustrating the contribution of youth work focusing on four main target groups: Public Employment Services (PES) and other Youth Guarantee providers, employers, policy-makers in different fields, and young people.

(A) Public Employment Services (PES) and other Youth Guarantee providers:

(1) Youth work has the potential to reach and empower diverse young people, including NEETs, and can be your partner in facilitating their integration into the labour market.

(2) Youth work develops the life management and social skills of young people which assists their transition to the labour market.

(3) Youth work unlocks the potential of young people and increases their motivation to actively enter the labour market.

The youth work approach assists the PES not only to reach more young people, but also to ensure that more young jobseekers are better prepared and motivated to engage successfully with the PES. This not only benefits the young person, but it can decrease the costs and workload of the PES and improve its performance and outcomes.

(B) Employers:

(4) Valuable work skills such as responsibility, reliability, planning, problem solving and managing – but also entrepreneurial skills – can be gained through youth work.

(5) Establishing partnerships with youth work actors is an investment in the development of your business or company.

(6) Youth work offers safe and reliable ways for young people and potential employers to reach each other.

Youth work strengthens many transversal skills useful for professional life and the world of work and enables young people to gain valuable practical experience. By engaging in partnership with youth work employers can reach motivated and committed young people who will be beneficial for their business.

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Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  The contribution of youth work to address the challenges young people are facing, in particular the transition from education to employment

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