The historic city of Lecce in southern Italy hosted its first European Job Day in January 2012, attracting over 500 jobseekers looking for opportunities in sectors such as aerospace, engineering and IT.
The two-day event was organised by Europe Direct in association with EURES. It was part of the Job Innovation Camp 2012, an initiative of the Department for Vocational Training and Labour* in the Province of Lecce and the University of Salento, whose primary goal is to promote opportunities for university students and those aged 20–24. Unemployment in the region for this age group is running high at 36.7 %**
“The European Job Day was the first event of its kind in Lecce that really offered young people the opportunity to learn about the opportunities available through EURES, how to search for a job and how to find a EURES Adviser,” explains organiser, Bernadette Greco, herself a EURES Adviser.
A whole range of information and advice was made available to jobseekers looking to broaden their horizons. The first of the two days included a series of workshops covering training opportunities in Europe with the Leonardo da Vinci programme and Erasmus placements; a session on new strategies for employment focused on tools such as the European Vacancy Monitor, Your First EURES Job and ESCO taxonomy; and another session explained how to search for jobs using Web 2.0. EURES Adviser, Mette Busk, from Denmark – a country particularly interested in recruiting IT experts and engineers – gave a presentation on living and working in Denmark. Other EURES Advisers were on hand to present the EURES Job Mobility Portal and explain how to search for jobs.
Business innovation was the focus of the second day. Innovative projects, such as a wind-energy driven robot designed by graduates from the University of Salento showcased students’ talents for visiting companies Microsoft and Avio Group.
Would-be entrepreneurs could find plenty of advice on self-employment and business start-ups, as well as information on the national and regional funds available to get started.
The European Job Day certainly generated a lot of interest. “I received about 60 e-mails afterwards from jobseekers and employers asking for more help and support. I would definitely organise another one, but next time I would ask more EURES Advisers from other places in Europe to join in and also try to organise on the spot interviews,” concludes Bernadette.
* The Department for Vocational Training and Labour hosts Europe Direct and EURES.
** Latest statistics from Istat – Italy’s national institute of statistics – for the third trimester of 2011. The region covered comprises Abruzzo, Apulia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise, Sardinia and Sicily.