The project ‘Youth, work and hope’ examines whether and how it is possible to help more low-skilled young people find employment. In addition to focusing on young people’s individual home situation, social relations and their sense of acceptance within society, it is also important to work on a solid foundation of good skills, useful experiences, and a strong mentality.
Youth unemployment is a problem which does not have a clear-cut cause and therefore also no simple solution. Stakeholders have often already been working for many years to help young people build a successful future. Within this project, stakeholders are invited to join forces, work together and determine how to connect these young people with opportunities that help them build their own future.
During five ‘Diners Pensants’, a group of professionals will come together to approach the problem from different angles and determine suitable actions, or which hypotheses should first be clarified through scientific research. The first Diner Pensant took place at the end of June 2016. Following this meeting, five themes were formulated which will be discussed in more depth during the upcoming meetings, as well as logical follow-up actions.
Is there a shortage of opportunities?
How can we create them together?
The topics nominated for the first Diner Pensant are ‘Attention’, ‘Opportunities’, ‘Connections’, ‘Skills’ and ‘Dreams’. Giving attention to somebody means to give them a helping hand and share your knowledge, network and experience. There are many young people who are not able to get there on their own. Giving someone attention is an important way to help them form a vision for themselves related to work.
Opportunities are primarily about practicing skills and putting knowledge into practice. The important question here is: is there a shortage of opportunities, or do some young people have difficulties to seize the opportunities that are available? In other words, is it a problem of supply or demand? Connections refers to connecting people, recognizing cultural differences and understanding that we all have prejudices. What is needed to effectively help an increasingly diverse group of young people?
Young people need skills to be able to join the job market. A frighteningly large number have insufficient reading and writing skills. In addition, concentration, discipline, coping with authority and social skills may also be lacking. Dreaming is about discovering your talent and encouraging young people to believe in themselves and their own abilities. Providing them with sufficient attention, offering opportunities, and recognizing differences, all help young people to learn to dream.
Giving attention and offering opportunities helps young people to dream