Increasing the Employment of Young
Workers in the European Chemical Industry
About the Project
According to the Eurostat Unemployment Statistics (2014) young workers have been severely hit since the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2008. In the first quarter of 2013 the youth unemployment rate reached an all-time peak of 23.6% across the EU-28. The situation has even been exacerbated in those countries which have been suffering from the Euro-crises, with e.g. Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal reaching unemployment rates among young people of 34 % and higher within the past two and a half years. In the chemical industry all groups of workers suffer from this situation as do companies and businesses, since in many parts of the EU there is a forecast of a rising demand of workers in all positions.
At the same time labour mobility of young workers across the EU 28 countries is very low: the European Commission has found out that only 2.6 % of employees work in an EU country different from their own. One of the main factors that seems to act as a barrier for increased mobility is the perceived lack of experience and first-hand knowledge of the respective working, social, and cultural conditions and contexts in another EU 28 country.
The project partners, ECEG and FECCIA, as well as industriAll European Trade Union as an associated organization, together representing the chemical sector within
the EU 28, have therefore embarked on this new project funded by the European Commission. The aim of the project is to encourage young workers who look for employment opportunities in the chemical industry to increase their voluntary mobility to seek job opportunities across Europe. The focus lies on offering these workers qualified support through a dedicated mentoring network, supported by both employees and employers, to help them to improve their working life.
The intended project aims include:
the development of a web-based Mobility Mentoring Portal (MMP) which allows
young workers who voluntarily look for employment opportunities in the chemical industry
to connect with a dedicated mentor within the EU country (or countries) this worker
is considering moving to
- the organization of four Mobility Mentoring Workshops (MMW) at which the dedicated mentors
will be trained and a training E-handbook will be tested and optimized
- the collation of an E-handbook in the most relevant European languages for mentors
to help train and support them in their respective tasks and responsibilities
- the collation of current mobility patterns of young workers in the chemical sector within
the EU 28 and the underlying reasons for it
- the organization of two international conferences for discussing the issues and the project results,
and to exchange best practices on mentoring programmes