From youth work to Youth@Work: The potential of youth work to boost young people’s employability and entrepreneurship

Seminar / 6-10 December 2021 | Tirana, Albania

The seminar focuses on the role of youth work in contributing to the meaningful participation of young people in the world of work and improving their overall perspectives for personal and professional growth.

Youth employability and entrepreneurship have in the past decade become policy priorities in a wide range of fields as a response to the challenges young people face in the contemporary labour market. The role of youth work in supporting young people in this area has been much debated. On one hand youth work can evidently help young people to develop a variety of competences and empower them to make a positive change in many areas of their lives, which inarguably also predicts a better position for them in the labour market. On the other hand, it is also argued that young people’s challenges in the world of work are rooted in structural and systemic factors, which should be addressed otherwise.

The seminar explores the potential of youth work to create a positive change as a part of the youth employability and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The emphasis is on how youth work, in particular by fostering the development of young people’s competences, contribute to their better access and fulfilment in the world of work. A special focus is on the impact and recognition of youth work in this role in the Western Balkan Partner Countries, but at the same time, finding synergies with the relevant developments and initiatives in other countries and setting up spaces for networking and cooperation.

The activity is a part of Youth@Work transnational strategic cooperation between the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centres in the area of youth employability and entrepreneurship ( https://youthatworkpartnership.org/ )

The objectives of the seminar are:

To explore relevant concepts and frameworks connected to the topic, in particular the “EntreComp”, the European Union’s entrepreneurship competence framework and the role youth work therein;
to discover the potential and unravel the dilemmas of youth employability and entrepreneurship in the participants’ local contexts;
to exchange good practices of youth work enhancing young people’s employability and entrepreneurship;
to provide space for networking among stakeholders from different countries for further collaboration on this topic, specifically in the context of the Erasmus+ Programme and European Solidarity Corps.
The seminar gathers 30 participants from the Erasmus+ Programme Countries and Western Balkan Partner Countries in Tirana, Albania. The target group of the activity consists of different stakeholders within the youth employability and entrepreneurship ecosystems connected to, or alternatively interested in developing connection with, youth work, such as youth work practitioners, teachers, educators, municipal policy-makers, representatives of political youth.

The seminar will be consisted of inputs, discussions, workshops, local visits and other activities focusing on the participants as the main resource of expertise and exchange, but also providing insight, inspiration and information by the team and external contributors on the topic and the related developments in the European level.


If the restrictions connected to the still ongoing Covid-19 pandemic will impact on the organisation of and participation in the activity in a way that it would be impossible to implement it residentially, then the seminar will take place ONLINE 7 – 9 December.

Covid-19 related information:

Important to know before you apply: organiser will require from participants to strictly fulfil the rule vaccinated-recovered-tested to be able to participate to the seminar.

Thus, by applying to this seminar, the applicant claims to be:

  • aware of the health risks that he/she takes concerning his/her participation in the activity,
  • open to take part in the activity online, if the pandemic situation does not make the offline implementation of the seminar possible (this will be decided at the latest at the time of the selection),
  • aware that the organiser does not take responsibility for vaccination and testing of participants linked to their travel to and from the seminar venue (costs of testing may be covered by the sending National Agencies, concerning this, please contact your National Agency),
  • obliged to get updated prior to the activity about safety regulations and restrictions in their own country about travelling abroad and back,
  • ready to commit to the respective safety rules and restrictions of the hosting country.

N.B.! The organisers will monitor the development of the ongoing Covid19-pandemic, and according to that, if the situation requires it, the activity might be implemented online (at the indicated dates). In case the activity can be realised as planned, the travel, health and safety recommendations in the participating countries will be fully respected. In case of a residential activity, all the participants will be accommodated in single rooms, masks will be used when and where required, and necessary sanitising equipment and measures will be arranged. More information will be provided directly to the selected participants.

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