The First European Business-Education Summit will look at the accomplishments of The Pact for Youth campaign. This high-level event, organized by the European Commission and CSR Europe, will also be an opportunity to look at the way forward to boost youth employability in the next years.
The First European Business-Education Summit, to take place on November 23 in Brussels, will be among the biggest events on youth employment in Europe. Altogether, 650 participants, 40 CEOs/Executives, press and top EU leaders including Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, and Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council will be mobilised.
Launched in November 2015, the European Pact for Youth started as a mutual engagement of EU and business leaders. In close collaboration with youth and education, their aim was to develop or consolidate partnerships in support of youth employability and inclusion.
The ambitious goal of the Pact was to create 10,000 quality business-education partnerships, with the shared target to establish at least 100,000 new good quality apprenticeships, traineeships or entry-level jobs.
These goals were surpassed with impressive results: During the two years, 23,000 business-education partnerships were formed, and 160,000 new opportunities for youth were created impacting 5,2 million learners altogether.
The Pact will continue at national level through the implementation of the National Action Plans. These are developed by national partners in more than 20 European countries to adapt the Pact to their own local reality.
Now that the campaign for The Pact has come to an end, business-education partnerships need to be understood as a true long-term investment. Investing in youth today will ensure that businesses will be able to employ talented young people in the future, with the necessary soft, hard and entrepreneurial skills.