Tackling Youth Employment Worldwide

Tackling Youth Employment Worldwide

How countries are making a difference

Youth employment (or unemployment, rather) is a hot button issue across the globe. Whether you’re in the US, with a youth unemployment rate of 9.41, or Spain with a rate of 39.32, there are specific regional issues you’re facing.


Next week we celebrate World Youth Skills Day, which aims to help fight this increasing problem. However, this is an issue close to our hearts, which we aim to face on a daily basis.Through our country subsidiaries, the Adecco Group is launching national ventures to further youth employment in the areas where it’s most needed.



In France, our La Chainede OUI! Project has targeted no less than 270,000 people. In the same country, the Adecco Group in September 2015 introduced the Grande Ecole de l’Alternance, a virtual school aimed at training 10,000 apprentices in three years in 15 different occupations across a variety of sectors. The scheme is designed to address skills shortages via specific tripartite training programmes between the Adecco, Group, schools and institutes, and private sector employers. The Adecco Group sources young candidates, places them at companies and manages their training in partnership with specialised schools and institutes, while the companies provide workplace experience. Among examples are locomotive drivers placed with Eurotunnel and web and applications developers with Microsoft.



In Italy, the Adecco Group created Diamo lavoro alle ambizioni (We turn ambitions into reality), backed by a euro 10m investment in training. The venture involves a “memorandum of understanding” for steps to support job creation, particularly for youngsters. Separately in Italy, our Modis IT subsidiary has launched its Young Digital initiative in partnership with the Minister of Labour and within the Youth Guarantee framework. Modis has made a commitment to train 1,000 young people through 12 week intensive ICT boot camps as its contribution to reduce the “digital mismatch”. More broadly, Adecco has so far placed more than 7,000 young people within the Youth Guarantee scheme. The Adecco Group is also involved with Tecnicamente Italy, a 2014 initiative to boost school-work contiguity, targeting technical institutes. In 2015, 41 Institutes and 1,200 students were put in contact with 250 potential employers by presenting innovative projects. The scheme helps skills development through student-company cooperation as projects progress and gives potential employers access to the best candidates in technical disciplines.


Meanwhile in Germany, the Adecco Group has since 2011 been involved with the euro engineering (ee) campus, a career entry programme for young engineers. This is designed to educate young engineers in modern techniques in electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering. Eight ee campus cycles have been run so far, with more than 153 graduates.


For more information on youth unemployment and what’s happening across the globe, check out our full white paper.

1 trading economics.com| U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2 tradingeconomics.com| Eurostat

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