Youth first! Employment, skills and social policiesthat work for young Europeans in times of uncertainty

Where? Online

When? September 8, 2022 10:00 am

Youth first!  Employment, skills and social policies that work for young Europeans in times of uncertainty on Wednesday, 8 September 2022, 10.00-13.00 CEST, which will take place at the European Parliament.

The European Year of Youth is bringing together for a jointly organised seminar the five EU Agencies under EMPL Committee remit: the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the European Labour Agency (ELA).

Event focus

The five Agencies and the invited guests will debate the importance of young people’s development, well-being and participation in society and the labour market. 

In the context of multiple crises that have hit young people particularly hard (financial crisis of 2008-09, COVID-19 pandemic, the wide-ranging economic impact of, and the uncertainty resulting from, the war in Ukraine), this event will be an opportunity to take a step back and look at the challenges encountered, but also identify the opportunities brought about by the digital and green transformations.


The following topics will be discussed:
•    key lessons learned from the work of the five EU Agencies regarding:

  •  quality of employment and working conditions of young people; 
  •  challenges and opportunities in teleworking and hybrid work;
  •  access to education, training, quality work experience programmes and skills for the green and digital transitions;
  • opportunities for cross-border mobility in employment, education and training, including improved matching of skills; 
  • health and safety risks at work, including mental health and wellbeing. 

•    realities in EU neighbouring countries and interdependence with the EU; 
•    how can evidence from across Member States support policymakers in their efforts to provide opportunities for young people – not in the distant future but right now?
•    how can EU Agencies support EU and national stakeholders in shaping youth-centred employment, skills and social policies?

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