Although it sounds like a cliché, everyone will accept the fact that today’s youth is the architecture of the future and the guarantee of tomorrow. If we want to prepare the next generation for their future and not our past, engaging young adults will be the first and foremost step. For this reason, providing opportunities for young people in business areas and market places, and increasing the lack of youth representation in the labor market will be a significant step forward. Reducing youth unemployment and inactivity will benefit young individuals contemporaneously with society. Even though the policies followed by each country in the fight against youth unemployment vary according to the country’s geographical and demographic characteristics, economic situation, and many different factors, European regions have the potential to form international alliances to cooperate and support NEETs and develop new approaches, methodologies, and solutions for empowering young people. Developing strategic and wide-ranging methods and solutions helps ensure consistency, coordination, common standards, and positive social response.
While these youth-oriented policies aim to shape the youth and the future, the needs and demands of today’s young people should not be ignored. Making way for NEETs to recognize their needs and express their demands will be an essential factor in the empowerment of young people. Supporting the active participation of young jobseekers in decision-making processes concerning their abilities, personalities, intentions, and purposes increases social inclusion while decreasing the risk of poverty, youth unemployment, and social exclusion in the future. By investing in education and skills development at an international level, we can ensure that the rapidly increasing adolescent and young population will not be caught unprepared. In addition, employers should afford NEETs stable opportunities, especially in fields where NEETs attempt to gain their first experience in the labor market. Employers should seek varied and long-term approaches and innovative concepts to ensure harmony in the workplace and consider a fair and equal working environment one of the most critical priorities.
In order to increase the visibility and efficiency of international cooperation, tools to regulations, and approaches for youth employment, education consultants, employers, and public services should discharge their duty to strengthen and expand communication among young employees. Perhaps more importantly than all, communication should be encouraged, collective working platforms should be established, and a suitable ground should be developed for institutions and organizations working in this field to cooperate in coherence and harmony.
Mine Tülü, European Center for Social Finance