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LabFAM – ISEAK webinar

The 15th of march, ISEAK carried out a webinar, together with LabFAM, focused on the presentation and discussion of topics that are being analyzed in the core of Cowork4YOUTH project as labour transitions to unemployment or inactivity for the youth, or an analysis of the different dimensions of precariousness for the young people.

Along the event, which was followed by 19 researchers, the main outcomes of the research were exposed to the attendees. In particular, the researchers explained that, according to their findings, youth workers who start their career in precarious jobs will likely continue in such jobs in the future. This is found to be particularly the case for the youth with low working intensity, either because of working part time or because of transitions to unemployment spells. The presentation concluded with a number of policy recommendations to palliate the so-called precariousness trap. In order to correct the labour instability and its long-term impact, one of the recommendations discussed throughout the presentation would include the provision of effective guidance and training to most vulnerable workers (namely, workers with lower education, female workers and workers from certain sectors, such as hospitality). Additional recommendations included targeting early school leavers or tackling occupational segregation early in the educational stage (e.g., before the career choice).

The presented results were received with great interest by the participants and it sparked an intense debate among them, given the high incidence of youth unemployment and labour precariousness in the Spanish and, more broadly, in the European context. The meeting provided a great opportunity to address the topic of youth precariousness and the potential measures to overcome its underlying consequences. The discussion among ISEAK’s researchers and participants was particularly rich given the common expertise field in terms of public policy evaluation and empirical techniques, as well as the shared interest to overcome youth unemployment and labour precariousness, a crucial issue in Spain and Europe and one of the main concerns of the EEA Grants projects.

As mentione before, this seminar was held within the framework of the Cowork4YOUTH project,  an Analysis and Research project aiming to increase knowledge on the impact of existing policies and offer policy suggestions to enhance youth employment opportunities in less developed EEA regions. 

The project adopts a transnational/ regional perspective by focusing on a binary of non-metropolitan regions across all study countries, especially Greece, Italy, Spain, and Ireland: tourism-dependent, island or remote coastal regions, on the one hand, and regions facing energy transition, decarbonization or intense industrial decline on the other.

The Cowork4YOUTH project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.

The project includes researchers and other experts from the following institutions: UEHR (Greece), ISEAK (Spain), ESRI (Ireland). Rhodes Project SCE (Greece), Exeolab (Italy), Mid-Sweden University (Sweden), and ELARD (Belgium).

You can watch the full video of the event here: