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Series of local trainings on youth unemployment - Employment, training, solutions
Date: 18.12.2015

We continue the series of articles on the final phase of our annual work plan "Let's build our future together! - opening the door to the labor market", which if co-financed by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation . After taking part to our international training course "Let me lead you(th) to success" and after learning about youth unemployment, the participants went back in their countries and acted as multipliers, organizing a local training course on youth unemployment for young people in their movements.

Employment, training, solutions
Inspired by the MIJARC topic of youth unemployment, Gozo Youth Council launched a series of workshops and seminars combined in its biggest venture to date: the iLead project. In these meetings we’re exploring ways how we can think outside the box, get inspired to lead our own ventures; encouraging entrepreneurship and innovative ideas. Following last summer’s MIJARC seminar ‘Let us in! Keeping the Faith in You(th)’, financied by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation, Gozo Youth Council dedicated one of its sessions specifically on the position paper written in Overijse and the paper presenting European best practices compiled in Gozo earlier this year. This helped those attending to get more familiar with the problem and together try to find solutions or help each other to seek help that already exists.

We were very happy to include ETC (Employment and Training Corporation) with us in this project. ETC is the governmental institution working as a gateway between the employers and the employees, helping those who are looking for work or to train themselves more, to have the smoothest transition possible between studies and work. With ETC we discussed which projects are available to be exploited and the situation in Gozo in comparison to that in Europe.

One other institution taking part in these sessions is the Church. Gozo is a tightly knit community, still very much connected through the church institution thus this organisation was of high importance to include in our list of participants. Our members discussed the work the church does, what can be done to improve and what can be done for youths to take a more active role in helping the church to achieve the discussed goals.

Last but not least, the participants had a chance to explore their own intellect and get insights on how to use skills that might usually go unnoticed. They found out that importance should not only be given to certificates and exam results but also to non-formal skills that can only be achieved through experience or passed through generations.