How to build better employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

In the wake of the crisis, rising youth unemployment has reached critical levels that demand urgent attention. Young people unemployed are an extremely diverse group of people that faces the same challenge from different standpoints. Lack of opportunity is influenced by their place of birth, of residence, their family, their social network, their education, the social or ethnic group, their health status… 

Overall, the Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion project will focus on finding proven innovative solutions adressed to young people from 15 to 24 in all their differences, whether they are refugees and migrants or local youngsters, whether they have completed obligatory education or not, whether they have already entered the labour market without the skills to maintain their jobs and grow or not.

An online incubation software that helps seed-stage entrepreneurs to structure and develop their businesses step-by-step with the support of a mentor.
United States
Youth-led, experiential learning programmes aimed
 at empowering young people with the confidence to use technology for entrepreneurial, educational, community and personal development.
A programme that addresses the difficulties faced by vulnerable students in accessing a quality first job through a combination of training, mentoring and learning in the workplace, bridging the last year of high school and the first year of work.
A programme that trains and employs young adults from low-income communities in services related to the environment, preparing them for careers in the sustainability sector while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the green economy.
United States
A programme that combines theatre training and other techniques to develop psycho-emotional and vocational skills, helping unemployed people improve their self-esteem, replace passivity with proactivity and gain employment.
A for-profit organisation that provides unemployed young people with vocational training, coaching and remunerated internship opportunities directly in the business areas in which it operates, related to production, services and sales.
A one-stop-shop service and hub of resources for youth at risk of exclusion, managed by the municipality, where young people can go for assistance relating to education, housing, health, entrepreneurship and other issues.
An entrepreneurship programme targeting primarily women and youth in rural areas. Activities are tailored to the local needs and aimed at fostering job market insertion and rural development.
An intensive training in programming aimed primarily at unemployed people and underrepresented profiles in the digital sector (women, refugees, seniors). Its educational approach helps participants develop long-term professional and social skills.
A social enterprise that provides training and employment to people with autism or Asperger syndrome for their ability to effectively perform repetitive tasks that require a lot of concentration.
A teaching model that aims to shorten the time between migrants’ arrival and their entrance into the labour market, by supporting their social integration and employability through vocational training courses with integrated language education.
A free, multi-language online employment portal that allows users with no work experience to identify their strengths and generate a profile based on six skills groups. It also helps employers to identify proactive new employees with specific skills.
United Kingdom
A coalition of companies that work to change internal practices for hiring and retaining young people. Apprenticeships, internships, training programmes and jobs are offered to youth facing systemic barriers to employment and education.
United States
A programme that helps disadvantaged high school students pass college entrance exams through affordable, high quality after-school programmes focussed on science, technology, engineering and maths.
A programme that supports disadvantaged young people in receipt of benefits to successfully make the transition into education, employment or entrepreneurship, thereby saving money for the municipality and making returns for investors.