Sodexo participated at the first leaders meeting of the Pact4Youth with CSR Europe to forge a pro-youth, pro-innovation Europe
25 mei 2016
Yesterday Sodexo’s Benelux President Michel Croisé took part in the first Leaders meeting of the European Pact for Youth in Brussels.
The meeting was hosted by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility and Viscount Etienne Davignon, Minister of State and President of CSR Europe. The meeting was a chance to share and reflect on the progress made towards the target of 10,000 new business-education partnerships, and 100,000 new good quality apprenticeships, traineeships or entry-level jobs.
The leaders of the European Pact for Youth were, and still are clear in their message that they believe in a Europe of solutions, a Europe that offers its young people the direction, motivation, skills and opportunities to succeed and excel in work and in society.
The group of leaders, from an array of backgrounds, sectors and regions, discussed options to enhance the attractiveness and quality in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and apprenticeship schemes, as well as to improve the mobility of young apprentices and their teachers and trainers.
The Leaders' ambition is to make VET and apprenticeships an attractive, qualitative and equal choice for young people across Europe, and to increase youth employability and social inclusion, while investing in the continuing professional development of teachers and trainers.
Sodexo wants to take its responsibility to help young people finding a job in collaboration with other partners to reduce youth unemployment. Sodexo offers them a first experience through for example a traineeship or an apprenticeships. The target for 2015 and 2016 was to engage 420 young people, but in 2015 already 396 people were reached with 337 contracts and 59 traineeships. The new target is set at 600.
Under the framework of the Pact for Youth, three concrete policy proposals, will be presented at the first European Enterprise-Education Summit that will take place on 23rd November 2017.
About the European Pact for Youth
In order to be competitive in the global market, companies in Europe more than ever need young people with the right skills. At the same time, Europe has a significant untapped human capital potential. To achieve higher sustainable growth and more innovation, and take full advantage of the skills and talent available in Europe, business and the education sector need to open up to the world and to each other.
About CSR Europe
CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its network of around 50 corporate members and45 National CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society. In its mission to bring the CSR agenda forward, CSR Europe goes beyond European borders and cooperates with CSR organisations in other regions across the world.