Towards collaborative practice - European conference on youth work, social innovation and enterprise

Towards collaborative practice - European conference on youth work, social innovation and enterprise
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02/06/15 09:44
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With high levels of youth unemployment in Europe entrepreneurship is increasingly proposed to young people as an alternative way to realize their potential.

A wide range of skills are seen as entrepreneurial and useful to entrepreneurs. They can ensure a better transition from education to the labour market for young people, improving their employability and giving them more chances to find or create the jobs to which they aspire.

Youth work enables young people to develop the entrepreneurial skills which are important in all aspects of their daily lives. However the role of youth work in fostering entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurship has rarely been a topic of inquiry in its own right. Nevertheless, youth work is a field which has developed tremendously across Europe, whilst ‘Erasmus+ Youth in Action’ has been particularly influential in bringing young people closer to the soft skills they need in a competitive labour market.

There are many ways in which youth work can support entrepreneurship, in addition to enhancing entrepreneurial skills in young people. Youth work can help young people make informed decisions through shedding light on the risks of choosing an entrepreneurial career. It can enable more responsible economic behaviours by making young people reflect on the values and ethics of young people’s enterprising ideas. Youth work may therefore encourage young people’s participation in alternative business models – as actors in the social economy – such as associations, cooperatives, foundations and social enterprises. These types of business are in line with the values, practices and attitudes promoted by youth work. They are based on European principles of cooperation, team-work and social impact awareness, and often bring a high level of social innovation.

This cross-sector European conference will provide you with the perfect opportunity to engage in a debate on what is within the capacity of youth work when it comes to social entrepreneurship support, to articulate the purposes and value of youth work to policy-makers and the public, promote youth work achievements in the field and explore the bridges that can be built with other entrepreneurship support structures/programmes and the business sector.

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News topics
  • Employment and entrepreneurship
  • Social cohesion and equal opportunities
  • Youth work
Raluca Diroescu

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