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How young people enter working life in Jyväskylä, Finland and in Potsdam, Germany

Representatives of City of Potsdam, Potsdam-Jyväskylä friendship association from Potsdam, Berlin-Brandenburgische Auslandgesellschaft e.V. (association for foreign issues) as well as Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK) Potsdam (chamber of commerce), were participating to Youth unemployment vs. skill shortage meeting organized in Jyväskylä on 17th – 20th May, 2016.

Youth unemployment, the topic of the conference, is highly significant in many European cities. Today, young people have great difficulties in entering working life, or their education does not match the needs of today’s working life.

Representatives of City Jyväskylä, Central Finland TE-services, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium, Jyväskylä Apprenticeship Training Center, Multicultural Centre Gloria as well as local German- Finnish association met at the seminar to discuss topics like how to support young people entering working life; how to match education, skills and labour market needs and how to develop the multicultural competences in cities.

There are approximately 2,200 unemployed under 25 years of age in Jyväskylä. On the other hand, there are around 1,000 open jobs on average. This results from a lack of expertise and not to a labour shortage. For instance, the ICT business faces a clear labour mismatch problem.

- Germans have been better than us at combining studying and working life, companies are more involved in both competence development and employing the unemployed and disabled. This means that apprenticeship practices, among other things, are useful topics for us, says director Anssi Niemelä from the City of Jyväskylä’s employment services.

- The development of guidance and counselling for the young and the utilisation of multidisciplinary expertise in the guidance of young adults play a key role, says Anna-Kaarina Autere, project manager of the Ohjaamo Jyväskylä ESR project and the Youth Guarantee municipal experiment.

- In Jyväskylä, the development of the employment situation of the young seems positive at the moment when we compare the situation with overall unemployment, especially long-term unemployment, says employment director Anssi Niemelä about the situation in Jyväskylä.

The meeting is part of an EU-Project “Together for a better networking – Youth unemployment versus Skills shortage”, which is partly financed by EU’s Europe for Citizens Programme. Jyväskylä and Potsdam have been twin cities since 1985.

More information

Ms Satu Heikkinen, International Relations Manager, City of Jyväskylä, mobile +358 503255110, satu.heikkinen[at]

30.5.2016Satu Heikkinen

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