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Is Your Organization An Expert In Skills Development & ICT Training For Youth? Apply Now! 2012 Youth Employability Awards…

July 16, 2012

In Europe, small progress has been made in rolling back the job crisis and the impact of the global economic crisis on youth. Many young people have given up the job search altogether, or decided to postpone it and therefore the right skilling incentives and youth opportunities to bridge the employment gap are crucial.

As a multi stakeholder partnership addressing this very issue, The European Alliance on Skills for Employability, and its partners Microsoft, Adecco Group and Accenture, are delighted to present the 2012 Youth Employability Awards which celebrate outstanding and effective training of future ready skills and ICT training to raise youth opportunity through better employment prospects and improved digital and social inclusion.
Three targeted categories have been launched and the winners will be selected and honored at European Employment Week that will take place on November 27th and 28th, in Brussels. The Awards Ceremony will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 and each winner will receive a 3.000 euros prize as well as EU recognition!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To enter the Youth Employability Awards, you must:
• be an organization in the voluntary sector or civil society;
• have a minimum 2 years of activity;
• be an ongoing program with a proven track record using an enhanced model of employability illustrated by measureable outcomes;
• show how the project is making a difference in at least one of the three categories that are listed below; and
• be available to present your program at the Skills for Employability Awards that will take place at European Employment Week on November 27th, 2012.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The European Alliance on Skills for Employability invites applications to the 2012 Youth Employability Awards relating to the following themes:

1. Driving Youth Entrepreneurship  sponsored by Accenture

Creating new value through innovation and entrepreneurship offers a viable way out of the job crisis.
Equipping young people with the skills to start their own businesses is critical to generate a culture of enterprise and innovation in Europe for the sustainable growth of the economy.
Your submission should demonstrate a systematic and effective approach to driving youth entrepreneurship; not only by promoting awareness among young people of the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship but by providing the right platform of skills and resources for youth to set up their own start-up as a viable career path and a means to open up new job opportunities in the market.

2. Empowering European Youth Through Technology sponsored by Microsoft

In Europe, small progress has been made in rolling back the job crisis and the impact of the global economic crisis on youth. Many young people have given up the job search altogether, or decided to postpone it and therefore the right skilling incentives and youth opportunities to bridge the employment gap are crucial.
This category will honor best in class, innovative approach to helping youth into jobs through ICT skills training. If your project focuses on technology skills as a key driver of employability and social empowerment for young people and their communities, then this is the category for you.
It is thought that only half of the EU labour force has the ICT skills to find a new job therefore we are looking to recognise the most impactful initiative in Europe that targets young people!

3. Enabling Youth Mobility sponsored by Adecco Group

Encouraging young people to work, train and study across European borders provides an important bridge from formal education to early stage career opportunities. It provides a unique opportunity for young people to exchange knowledge, acquire hands-on work experience and improve their knowledge of another country’s language, culture, and society.
Eligible initiatives will exemplify the link and demonstrate tangible results between youth mobility, skills acquisition and employability but will also focus on the impact on young people’s ability to exchange learnings and affirm their sense of identity and self-confidence.



JUDGING
Across categories, judges will look for projects that best demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Achievements and evidences of the project’s impact: number of beneficiaries, growth in range of activities, relevance of training to career progression, substantial evaluation, etc.
- Employability: Developed skills training for youth that seeks to respond and adapt to market needs and employers requirements and as such have a proven track record of enhancing job prospects.
- Innovation and originality: for example, has your project made innovative use of technologies to increase learning capacity, reach rural or remote areas, improve motivation, raise awareness on the importance of e-skills?
- Partnership building: Exemplary partnership between organizations, public agencies, private companies, employer bodies, etc. has helped improve project impact and benefits to all involved.
- Community impact: Positive impact on society in terms of awareness, bridging the education to employment divide, accessibility, gender equality, etc.

AWARD WINNERS WILL RECEIVE
• European recognition;
• A distinctive trophy to be presented at the 2012 European Employment Week in November;
• Visibility as a Skills for Employability Award winner on the websites and/or publications of Microsoft, Adecco and Accenture
• A 3,000 euros cash price.

HOW TO ENTER
Please send us your application at secretariat@employabilityalliance.eu by October 5th, 2012
Please consider the following elements when filling-in your entry:
• Mission, goals & objectives
• Measurement of results
• Achievements and evidence of project’s impact (i.e. number engaged, growth in range of activity, awards and recognitions)
• Innovation & originality of the project and/or partnership
• Actual and potential sustainability of the project
• Positive change – current and potential
• Ability to be used as a model


For further information on the 2012 Youth Employability Awards, please contact:
Kate Barnes, General Secretary, The European Alliance on Skills for Employability, at secretariat@employabilityalliance.eu or a-kbarne@microsoft.com
www.employabilityalliance.eu
Attached file:  /upload/youth_awards_2012_entry_form.doc

Attached file: /upload/youth_awards_2012_entry_form.doc