Journey to Work - Solving the Young Jobs Puzzle In 2018 we stated that a full-blown economic recovery will not help fix the UK's youth unemployment problem. In order to address structural causes of youth unemployment we therefore designed Journey to Work 5, building on experience and success of the previous Journey to Work programmes: Joblessness lasting more than 6 months is a major factor preventing young people from getting (re)hired, with potentially grave consequences: lost production, increased social spending, decreased tax revenue and slower growth. On a personal level the impact on the young job seeker is no less devastating and includes; loss of confidence & self-reliance, depending on social benefits, etc. Journey to work is been put in place to add value and to add some impact in the battle against youth unemployment
The first newsletter of Social Media Savvy - Part 2 (2020-2-UK01-KA205-079587 - SMS2) will be published in August 2021. SMS2 is the sequel of Social Media Savvy (2017-3-UK01-KA205-046578). The aim of Social Media Savvy - Part 2 is to facilitate a Social Media Savvy website with a seperate SMS Platform. On top of that we will develop a social media savvy passport. We provide guidance, advice, tips and tricks on how to build a personal savvy brand ('the brand I', to help young people to create an attractive Social Media Savvy profesional digital identity on their journey to work. SMS Part 2 is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The newsletter will be published in August in English, Dutch and Italian.
“Our goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso’’ Realistically you can only start a business by registering your business. This is the first step toward making it real. Below we have explained two Business Models: The Business Canvas Model and The Lean StartUp. These models can be used by any young entrepreneur and/ or small business owner when they are starting up. This article is related to the YME Project. YME 2 currently written and ready to go...
If it was easy, everyone would do it’. Establishing a successful business is not just about carrying an idea through to the point of it being a Start-up. Young people must also be introduced in the entrepreneurial ways of thinking. During the last flow of Journey to work, keeping in mind our experiences with the YME Project and our structured tailor made approach we decided to let some participants try-out different entrepreneurial schemes as well during their 2-Week mobility... Giving tasters on more employment opportunities through entrepreneurship gave some participants a better insight into what sort of job they (dis)liked, but also what entrepreneurial options they have: Setting up your own business. Together with our Journey to Work Students Jack and Daniel we made a list with tips and tricks for the young entrepreneur on his/her Journey to Work.
From Dreams to Ideas to Business Turning Dreams into Ideas and Ideas in to Dreams “One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams,” Dali once said. ‘’Dreams are a powerful form of consciousness’’, Edgar Allan Poe wrote in his essay ‘An Opinion About Dreams’ It’s ‘I have a dream, not I have a plan!’ Simon Sinek
The project Social Media Savvy 2 organizes SMS 2 Days. On June 23th 2021, Werkcenter Scotland explained the mission and vision of the project and showcased the website and work we have been doing on the SMS Platform so far. A group of Communication and Marketing students discussed what SMS should bring to the table... Why would young people go to Social media Savvy? The digital event turned out to be ‘pretty amazing’
Young Migrants represent an important pool of potential entrepreneurs, but can face, as other vulnerable groups, specific legal, cultural and lingiustic obstacles. One way to address them in a complete way is by a Comics style. Our initial idea was to do the whole YME Guide as a comic… But due to severe budget cuts we have produced this alternative Our partnership still believes firmly in this approach. That's why we have produced this altnernative Young Migrant Entrepreneurs Comics
The Journey to Work Programme is a very successful long running internship scheme. The Erasmus Plus scheme has been graded as EU Good Practise many times. Recently we finished Journey to Work 5 with a group of young VET graduates. Everyone was very happy to get out of the Corona bubble and get some valuable work experience abroad. We must not forget that from work to work is the way it works ! The Journey to Work procedures in relation to Corona was pretty complicated. We also decided to make the journey to work internships abroad a bit shorter then the normal work experience period. But gaining work experience and the fact that they get actuallky paid for their work is added value. A few young people even stated that learning and growing in a Dutch work environment, are one of the highlights in their life... Certainly when you keep in mind that the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the young people participating in the Journey to Work programme. Some told us that they were deeply anxious, and were losing motivation and hope (for the future)
When you have an idea for a business, project, or investment, it is crucial to set out your objectives and your actions for reaching them: Communication and raising awareness for your products is key. Marketing for setting up a business is one of the fundamental tools to communicate your product. Marketing helps to scale the product, bring traction and sell more…
Meeting people in person or through Social Media are great ways to Network. Our YME Partner Dutch Foundation of Innovation Welfare 2 Work already has published a list of tips and tricks. Here is the Werkcenter list with more tips and tricks, with help from the Kangan Institute.