Youth at the Heart of the Debate at Employement Week Summit

12.11.2010 12:24

Rising youth unemployment is one of the major concerns in all EU member states, along with a recognition that young people are at increasing risk of alienation and disenchantment.

The Employment Week conference on 24-25 November in Brussels covers this burning issue in two key sessions:

I — The NEXT generation — The right skills in the right place at the right time
Moderator: Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, Managing Editor, Euractiv

Youth employment is a major issue and significant efforts are being dedicated to improving the future employability of our young people. The Generation Europe Foundation has carried out a pan-European research project on how we prepare young people for entry to the market. The speakers will consider the activities, policies and changes that governments, employers and individuals can implement to improve the situation.

Lucy Fuller, Arnold Clark Automobiles of Scotland — Europe’s largest independently owned, family run, motor dealer. Founded over 54 years ago by Sir Arnold Clark, the business now employs and trains over 8,000 members of staff with a turnover in excess of £2 billion
Göran Hultin, Chairman, Caden Corporation — Caden Corporation S.A. operates globally in the area of employment, labour markets, industrial relations and human resources. Its overarching mission is to link policy and practice and improve labour performance through public private partnership
Richard Savage, Director, Future Work Forum — Future Work Forum works with CEOs and HR Directors to help them anticipate the future of work and to develop strategies and plans that will help them meet their objectives — inspiring, engaging and directing the best performance from their people

II — Solutions for raising youth employment, with a focus on improved education and mobility
Moderator: Professor John Morley, Nottingham University Business School

We must be inventive and earnest in our commitment to the creation of jobs for European Union youth. Integration, good skills sets and mobility are vital. We need to recognise the contribution that volunteer work can add to a CV, as well as the results achieved through more conventional routes. Our presenters will explore these avenues to inclusion.

Andreas Dinges, Chief Executive Officer, Adecco Germany — The Adecco Group is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With close to 32,000 employees and 5,500 offices, in more than 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 700,000 colleagues with over 100,000 clients every day
Nadja Hirsch, MEP, Germany — Nadja Hirsch is a Member of the European Parliament representing the German Freie Demokratische Partei. She is also a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Stefano Scarpetta, Deputy Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development — OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries’ economic development, contribute to growth in world trade. The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies

Please come along to Employment Week in 2 weeks’ time, to hear from these experienced speakers and join in the debate!

For the full conference programme click here.