Startnet - Bari © Goethe-Institut Brüssel

Youth unemployment in Europe remains a significant problem, despite slightly declining numbers, and it has severe consequences for young people, the economy and society as a whole.

The most effective solutions bring together all the relevant actors: Schools, universities, companies, trade unions, job agencies, youth organizations, politics and administrations bundle their competences, partners and offers in order to support young people in the region with their collective impact approach.

The StartNet project pursues this preventive approach on two levels: in Italy through a pilot network in Puglia and Basilicata as well as in Brussels, in order to engage this network in a dialogue with other networks in Europe. The point is that the initiatives should learn from each other and with each other, exchange good practices and be supported in their common goals.

The project is funded by Stiftung Mercator and coordinated by the Goethe Institutes in Brussels and Rome.


CESI lunch: Apprenticeships in the EU: How to ensure a better transition from education to work?

6 November 2019, 12.30, European Economic and Social Committee

Training and apprenticeship are essential for a successful career entry of young people. What is the situation of apprenticeships in Europe? What are good practices and new trends? How can the new EU Commission strengthen apprenticeships for the transition of young people to work in all Member States of the Union? StartNet and CESI Youth would like to discuss these questions at the CESI lunch event at the European Economic and Social Committee on 6 November. Further information and the registration form can be found here: CESI Lunch