Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe
Young people today can spend 20 years in a classroom. As the pace of change outside those walls increases exponentially, the more important it is to ensure that schools and universities are spaces that are in constant interaction with the community outside. Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister for Belgium, on the occasion of the European Youth Forum plenary on April 17th, spoke of the critical importance of entrepreneurship as a career path and what should be an “osmosis” between education and employment rather than a “leap”.
Jarle Tømmerbakke, Senior Advisor to JA Europe
One of the most effective instruments in order to create more businesses and more jobs is if students can try it before leaving school. We have seen this through several European research projects, and lately in similar research in Africa.
Ajay Kapur, Senior Project Manager at UBS
I recently had the opportunity to lead a webinar on the importance of presentation skills, part of a UBS and JA Europe programme running in France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. The workshop was an overall success, engaging over 80 students and teachers.
Dr. Friederike Sözen, Senior Advisor, Department of Educational Policy for the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ)
Daniela Opp, Global Manager, Economic Progress Initiatives, HP Corporate Affairs
It’s a tough time for Europe’s young people. Over 5 million are unemployed and those who don’t go on to higher education are particularly vulnerable. At the same time, many European employers experience difficulties finding young people with the right skills to fill their vacancies. Developing solutions to these challenges is critical if we want to secure a bright future for Europe’s young people and a strong European economy.