Innovative information sessions for young people looking for work are being organised at job fairs during 2011-2012 as part of the Youth@Work action.
These interactive sessions, covering topics such as ‘If not an employee, then what?’ and ‘Ever thought about working for an SME?’, aim to encourage young jobseekers to consider the 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in Europe as potential employers, and to convince budding young entrepreneurs to take the plunge and start their own businesses.
One of first events to host sessions will be the European Job Days Brussels on 1 October 2011 where a dedicated “Create your own job” space will provide information, tools and assistance to young entrepreneurs.
Events will quickly follow in other European cities including EURES student days in Maastricht, The Netherlands (a cross-border event organised in cooperation with universities in Belgium and Luxembourg) on 12 October 2011, Študentska arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 19 October 2011 and European Job Days in Aveiro, Portugal on 22 October 2011.
Activities will be organised in all 27 EU Member States and continue into 2012. More details will be available in the coming weeks and months.
These sessions are part of Youth@Work, an action that links business and young people to promote employment and encourages youth entrepreneurship. Youth@Work operates in close cooperation with the EURES Network and the national Public Employment Services (PES).