Youth Workers: Recognizing their role in promoting social entrepreneurship and employability among young people


21-25 May 2024 | Puglia, Italy

This seminar aims to increase awareness of the role youth workers play in building the capacity of young people in social entrepreneurship. The goal is to understand how youth work can contribute to creating a more committed and developed society.

General description

This seminar aligns with the objectives of the Youth@Work Partnership, with the  EU Youth Strategy (2019-2027), as well as the European Youth Goals. The seminar aims to increase awareness of the significant role youth workers play in building  the capacity of young people in the fields of  social entrepreneurship and employability. Through equipping youth with essential knowledge and expertise, nurturing personal development, and facilitating learning in crucial areas like adaptability, advocacy, networking, and risk management, they can evolve into supportive mentors capable of inspiring future generations of young entrepreneurs.

It’s crucial to acknowledge the significance of this role and the profound impact it has on both youth and society. This seminar will also enhance understanding of social entrepreneurship and social business as effective tools in addressing unemployment and fostering greater social engagement among young citizens.

The seminar will delve into a range of diverse experiences within the social entrepreneurship ecosystem, offering inspiration to participants. Additionally, it will introduce the European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework, encouraging attendees to acquire new compteneces to bolster entrepreneurial endeavors. 

The goal of this activity is to encourage participants to understand  how youth work can significantly contribute to creating a more responsible and developed society.


The aim of this seminar is to raise awareness of the crucial contribution of youth work in the field of competence development,  social entrepreneurship and youth employability .


  • Reflect and learn about different European competence frameworks and delve in the diverse competences that need to be developed to boost young people’s employability
  • Discover strategies and resources in youth work to promote entrepreneurial learning among young people.
  • Increase awareness of the relevance of the recognition of the role of youth workers in enhancing youth employability and entrepreneurship.
  • Introduce to and reflect  on the characteristics, benefits, values and factors of social entrepreneurship, as a strategy for youth employability. 
  • Motivate participants to undertake and make use of social entrepreneurship as a force for youth employability
  • Create a network for cooperation and sharing of experience among the participants.


With this seminar the participants:

  • Will increase their knowledge and awareness of the role  of youth workers  in society 
  • Will be empowered by discovering and learning about different competence frameworks that can enable them to support young people in developing their potential 
  • Will discover social entrepreneurship practices that are contributing to a more responsible society and a different way to look at businesses 
  • And will develop a wider network  to foster potential cooperation connected to the topics of this seminar. 


Puglia Region, Italy

Youth@Work Partnership on youth employability and entrepreneurship of Erasmus+ National Agencies

The seminar is part of the Youth@Work Partnership, an institutional alliance of 13 Erasmus+ National Agencies and SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres.

In 2018, a consortium of Erasmus+ Youth National Agencies (NAs) and SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres decided to take a new approach to support employability and entrepreneurship amongst young people and professionals. They, therefore, created  the Youth@Work Partnership on Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship, with the aim to better address these areas by working collaboratively, based on a common strategy.

You can learn more about Youth@Work at www.youthatworkpartnership.org and on our social media channels.

The activity is organized by the Italan NA in strict cooperation with Spanish NA and North Macedonia NA

Target group
This activity is offered to 30 participants with the following profiles:  Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, Youth researchers, and also to Professionals from backgrounds of: Non-formal education/Youth, Higher education, Vocational education & training

board and lodging
All costs related to board and lodging will be covered by the organizers.

More information at: SALTO