The world of work is changing, shaped by four global megatrends: globalisation, climate change, demographic changes, and technological advancements. Each megatrend brings its own unique challenges for young people and the future of work, as well as some opportunities. With the potential of these megatrends to shape the type of work that is required, the type of work that is available, and who undertakes it and how, there is a need to reflect on the role and value of work in society and in people’s lives.
an’t always predict the future. But we can shape the future of work we want! The European Youth Forum’s new report being launched today, The Future of Work and Youth, responds to these challenges, putting forward solutions to on how to rethink ‘work’ in our society and on how to design a new labour market that works for everyone.
Too often, policy makers see apprenticeships as yet another rite of passage to set foot in the labour market. This document identifies current challenges to quality apprenticeships, and defines steps to establish apprenticeships systems that are learner-centred, rights-based, and truly inclusive for all young people.
The European Council, EU Heads of State and Government, meet in Brussels today. Among other things on their agenda is the EU’s budget for the next 7 years. The European Youth Forum calls on EU leaders to invest in youth and demonstrate a strong commitment to a fairer and more sustainable Europe.
On 21 June, all EU Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs will meet to discuss two key initiatives: the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions and the Directive on Work Life Balance. The European Youth Forum urges Member States to overcome their respective differences and reach an agreement on both Directives.