Inclusive Growth

29 November 2018

Vocational education and training: Is there a career for me?

(From ec.europa.eu ) When you hear the phrase VET, you may well think of a select few “traditional” vocations. Construction workers, electricians, mechanics, plumbers and painters and decorators are all examples of jobs commonly associated with VET, and these careers – while great options – are not suited to everyone. The truth is, VET is a much broader concept, with a wide range of potential careers. In this article, we discuss some of the careers that you could pursue through VET. Traditional VET careers Vocational careers date right back to ancient times, when early farmers, cooks,...
14 November 2018

European Vocational Skills Week 2018 helps millions to discover benefits of vocational education and training

The 2018 edition of the European Vocational Skills Week, organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency, came to an end but many more associated activities and events are being organised across Europe until December 2018.
23 October 2018

Your first EURES job helps young Portuguese pharmacists to find work in Scandinavia

(From ec.europa.eu ) The market exploded, and the ensuing shortage of qualified pharmacists, against the backdrop of an ageing population, made it difficult for employers to recruit from within Sweden. In Portugal, on the other hand, there were – and still are – too many pharmacists and not enough jobs, due largely to the after-effects of the financial crisis. Seeing a mutually beneficial opportunity, LloydsApotek in Sweden, along with its Norwegian partner Vitusapotek, teamed up with EURES Portugal to recruit pharmacists through the Your first EURES job (YfEj) programme. LloydsApotek’s staff...
16 October 2018

Social enterprise: Entrepreneurship with a social impact

(From ec.europa.eu ) As pointed out by the European Commission, entrepreneurship and self-employment help create jobs, develop skills and give unemployed and vulnerable people an opportunity to fully participate in society and the economy. Accounting for 14% of total employment, self-employed people play an important role in the EU economy. The latest Eurostat figures show that 30.6 million people aged 15-64 in the EU were self-employed in 2016. Considering that SMEs make up 99% of companies in the EU and account for two thirds of total employment, it’s clear why the Commission supports these...
27 September 2018

Working in tourism: What’s in it for me?

(From ec.europa.eu ) Why tourism? Working in tourism offers exotic or beautiful locations, modern working spaces and a dynamic environment. Employees are often young, bringing an energy and sense of fun to teams and workplaces. There are plenty of chances for personal and career growth – and to make a difference. With work available on a permanent, part-time and seasonal basis, there are opportunities to suit everyone. What do tourism employers look for when they’re recruiting? According to research carried out as part of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises’ ‘Blueprint...
11 September 2018

Be your own boss: Entrepreneurship and the EU

(From ec.europa.eu ) The crisis in Europe has highlighted the importance of self-employment as an opportunity for those without work. This is especially true in EU Member States that have been most affected by the economic crisis and where traditional jobs are in short supply. A new business may create jobs for others, lead to new skills, and may even give unemployed and vulnerable people a chance to contribute to society and the economy. With this in mind, the European Commission’s support strategy for entrepreneurship and self-employment has three focal points. Start-ups by the unemployed...
24 July 2018

Europe offers tourism job opportunities all year round

(From ec.europa.eu ) There are many tourism opportunities across the EU, from coastal and mountain destinations to popular cities. The sector supports 25 million jobs directly and indirectly in Europe. It’s the largest employer of young people, migrants, part-time workers and women, as pointed out by the European Commission and the International Labour Organization (ILO) . Requiring varying degrees of skills, tourism offers such workers a quick entry and/or re-entry route into the workforce. According to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency...
17 July 2018

How can I turn my internship into a full-time job?

(From ec.europa.eu ) There are many benefits to an internship or apprenticeship, but if you’re hoping that it will lead to a full-time job with the employer, you need to start thinking like an employee. Set clear goals When you apply for an internship, you will have personal and professional goals. But it’s worth creating some targets based on the company’s needs, too. So, in the initial conversations with your supervisor, don’t be afraid to ask exactly what will be expected of you, and turn this information into a “task list” for the duration of your stay. Having clear goals will give you...
10 July 2018

The flex factor: temporary contracts on the rise in the Netherlands

(From ec.europa.eu ) In the Netherlands, ‘flexwerk’ refers to work carried out under a flexible employment contract. The hours and the place of work depend on the employer’s need and may vary from week to week and season to season. More than a third of employees work on a flexible basis, a quarter of them under a temporary contract. Private employment agencies play an important role in matching employers with suitable jobseekers. “During an economic crisis in the 1980s, flexible working became a chance for mainly young unemployed people to find work,” explains EURES National Adviser Mathilde...
03 July 2018

Young Spanish nurse pursues her dream in Germany

(From ec.europa.eu ) Moving abroad was a big decision for her and her family, but the Your first EURES job (YfEj) project supported her all the way. “My father is a craftsman, but he’s been unemployed for a long time,” Nerea says. “My mother worked in a hotel until two years ago. She was released and has since been unemployed, so the family income is really very low.” After secondary school, Nerea trained as a Specialist for the Care of Dependent Persons. Although she knew the job opportunities with this vocational qualification were not especially good, she enjoyed the work and found it...

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