Investing in job creation for young people

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We explained how cities are creating job opportunities for young people at a conference in Brussels on 25 June.

Silvia Ganzerla, EUROCITIES senior policy advisor, presented examples from the local level of initiatives to get young people into jobs. She was speaking as part of a panel on investing in job creation for young people at the ETUC youth committee - YFJ conference in Brussels on 25 June. The panel focused in particular on where to invest for job creation, how to create quality jobs for young people, and ways to ensure these measures are both inclusive and sustainable. 

The panelists identified ICTs, clean technologies and the green economy as some of the sectors identified as having good job creation potential. In addition, they picked out the public sector, social, care and health sectors as other areas with potential to create opportunities for young people, and similarly entrepreneurship and self-employment. 

Silvia Ganzerla was joined on the panel by: Ernest Utasun MEP (ES, Greens/EFA); Tom Vandenkendelaere MEP (BE, EPP); Azita Berar Awad, director of the employment policy department at the International Labour Organisation (ILO); and Zsolt Darvas, senior fellow at think tank Breugel. 

We recently published a collection of good practices from our member cities demonstrating how the green economy offers opportunities to create jobs for vulnerable groups, including young people. You can find our publication, 'Green jobs for social inclusion' at the link on the left. 

You can also find the EUROCITIES Declaration on Work at the link on the left. Our declaration, published in February, stresses the important role cities play in creating employment and the commitment of city mayors to work with other levels of government to tackle Europe's employment crisis. 

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Silvia Ganzerla