In order to be competitive in the global market, European companies need young people with the necessary skills to address today's needs. Europe has a significant untapped human capital potential, which must be leveraged to generate innovation and sustainable growth. With this goal in mind, the European Commission and various global relief companies have launched The European Pact for Youth: a mutual engagement to create partnerships between businesses and education systems, aimed at improving the chances of employment for young people around the continent.
The pact is promoted by CSR Europe, the largest European network dedicated to corporate social responsibility with 50 corporate members – including Enel – and 45 national CSR organisations, reaching a total of over 10,000 companies.
The first European Pact for Youth meeting was held in Brussels, hosted by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen and Etienne Davignon, Minister of State and President of CSR Europe. The meeting offered a chance to analyse the document, which was signed last November by companies operating in various sectors (from Information Technology to pharmaceuticals), in order to define 28 National Action Plans, aimed at creating 10,000 business-education partnerships and 100,000 new apprenticeships, traineeships or internships for young people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Among the topics addressed during the discussion were improving the quality of vocational training (VET - Vocational Education and Training), apprenticeship programmes and the mobility of young apprentices and their teachers and trainers. The Leaders’ objective of the Pact for Youth is to make VET and apprenticeships attractive choices based on equal opportunities, and to increase youth employment and social inclusion for young people across Europe. This will be made possible, thanks to collaborations between the education and business worlds, allowing young people to develop the necessary skills to become an active part of an increasingly global and technological labour market.
“Enel is strongly committed to the European Pact for Youth, an initiative intended to give Europe the means for growing again through the creation of qualified jobs, while supporting young skilled and talented people in their employability and social inclusion”, declared Simone Mori, Enel’s Head of European Affairs, who took part in the meeting on behalf of the company. “As one of the targets of the European P4Y, Enel is also contributing to the definition of the Italian Action Plan with the aim of sustaining national public policies for youth employability.”.
Enel actively collaborates with universities to foster young people’s access to the labour market, through apprenticeships, work-related learning internships and innovative training programmes for new employees. Our Group supports the growth of start-ups and young entrepreneurs through partnerships and incubation programmes that are in line with our Open Innovation approach.
Three policy proposals will be presented at the first European Enterprise-Education Summit on November 23, 2017, as part of Pact for Youth.