A way to tackle youth unemployment – in Italy

„Europe does not seem to be united these days and this is the root of many problems. For the greater integration of Europe there is a need for knowledge, mobility, exchanges among the people and young people are the ones doing that. Still it is a shame that they are often excluded from the decision-making processes while the system is promoted as a result of a cooperation. Authorities need to realise the importance of supporting young people”- one of the participants wrote down during the discussion in Bologna where a group of enthusiastic activists were asked to express their concerns and opinions about the future of Europe.

In Italy, the lack of sufficient integration to Europe has been mentioned a lot of times. One of the reasons is the high individualism among people, sometimes also dissatisfaction towards the EU regarding some unfulfilled expectations. The role of student organizations is significant in developing young people’s skills, but they lack recognition by the institutions. Still not enough students know about the importance and the benefits that acting in NGOs can provide. A big problem is that the activity in any organization is not being recognized by universities and employers as it should be. Here we come to the topic of non-formal education. Mai, an Erasmus student from Spain, who is not a member of any student’s organization yet, was asked about a possible solution for public education problems, said: “Non-formal education. During meetings like this one, I learn way more than at the University”.

Talking about education problems, the biggest one is that students from private, very expensive schools have a lot more possibilities after the graduation and receive more help in looking for a job. The public universities definitely need to implement the system of help desks, but it will not solve the problem of advantaged position of private school’s students. What could change the situation of public universities and its graduated, talented, unemployed students?

The current condition of the education system is the first reason of youth unemployment, the second one seems to be a reform of working contracts from 2003. Short-term contracts were supposed to improve the flexibility of people in job life but apparently became a source of  the abuse of the employers. The travelers presented the idea of better advocating for introducing the youth guarantee system in Italy which would greatly enhance the possibilities of young people getting employed. The audience was excited to take the next step in making this happen.


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