Making bridges for youth employment and entrepreneurship.

SALTO-YOUTH contributes to young people’s chances on the labour market. Besides organising Bridges to Work, an inspirational and practical networking conference (October, Antwerp), they also support the Youth Forum’s initiative on improving internships for young people – an important step towards a job.

Participate in Bridges to Work – information below or www.salto-youth.net/BridgesToWork/ – deadline 1 August 2011
Reply to the YFJ Internship Survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Europe-Internships – before 7 July 2011
Fill in the Survey to raise the quality of Internships
European Youth Forum (www.youthforum.org) is taking initiative to improve the situation of internships in Europe. Internships should provide a learning experience for young people to facilitate successful integration into the labour market. Internships should not serve as precarious employment for young people or tasks that do not contribute to professional development.

Fill out and distribute the survey (in English) to identify the scope of the problems surrounding internships and help advocate a more beneficial internship experience and transition from education to employment for young people. The Youth Forum is also working on a European Quality Charter for Internships.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/Europe-Internships
Bridges to Work > Looking for entrepreneurship and youth employment projects & programmes
Are you working on youth entrepreneurship or youth employment – for young people with fewer opportunities?
IF YES, then we definitely invite you to be part of Bridges to Work (from 17/18 to 20 October 2011, Antwerp, Belgium) – a big inspirational & practical networking event between different stakeholders in the field of youth (work), employment & entrepreneurship.

The event aims to create new win-win situations for unemployed young people in their search for a job or creating their own business.
Looking for participants – deadline 1 August
We are still looking for youth entrepreneurship and employment projects (NGOs, youth work, social sector) – who would participate togeter with a young person with fewer opportunities from the project (especially entrepreneurship projects that coach inclusion groups to set up their own business, are still missing) – apply via www.salto-youth.net/BridgesEmploymentProject/ (participation is free for this category, travel costs reimbursed by SALTO Inclusion)
Staff working for a (public, official, institutional) programme supporting projects that work to improve young people’s situation on the labour market is also invited to apply via www.salto-youth.net/BridgesEmploymentProgramme – we were thinking of Youth in Action, Lifelong Learning, Progress, European Social Fund, Erasmus for Entrepreneurs – maybe you know others, or on national level?
Last but not least, we are looking for employers (e.g. human resources, coaches), job centres (public employment service, job counsellors) and official entrepreneurship support structures (e.g. entreprise incubators, business angels, mentors, etc) – who are actively working with young people with fewer opportunities. Info and application via www.salto-youth.net/BridgesJobSector (participation is free for this category)
7 good reasons to participate in Bridges to Work
Expert inputs on youth employment & entrepreneurship
Inspiration from great employment practices
Network with relevant stakeholders
Visibility for your employment actions
Info about funding & support programmes
Feedback on your employment projects
Influence European approaches to work
Application info online via www.SALTO-YOUTH.net/BridgesToWork/ and subpages.

Feel free to spread this call “wiDely & wiSely” to relevant stakeholders.
Good luck if you apply! Places are limited ;-(
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Tony Geudens & Marija Kljajic
SALTO Inclusion
inclusion@salto-youth.net