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Youth@Work: Connecting the Dots "Employability through European Solidarity Corps" Forum

Conference – Symposium - Forum

14-18 December 2022 | İstanbul, Türkiye

Youth@Work:Connecting the Dots"Employability through European Solidarity Corps” aims to connect the dots between competences acquired through volunteering (ESC) -focusing on those enhancing employability & social entrepreneurship topics.

After more than 20 years of volunteering opportunities under the former “European Voluntary Service” and during the European Solidarity Corps programme we know (and research tends to confirm) participating in voluntary/solidarity projects indeed improve employability and entrepreneurial competences of young people, besides they feel more attracted to be employed and/or develop projects connected with social welfare.

The Youth@Work: “Connecting the Dots: Employability through European Solidarity Corps” aims to ´connect the dots´ between competences acquired through volunteering (ESC) -focusing on those enhancing employability – and social entrepreneurship topics.

The forum will offer exchange of practices and know-how, inspire sharing and learning across employability and social entrepreneurship sectors, therefore catalysing further cooperation and ultimately contributing to a stronger and more inclusive society.

We want to bring together different stakeholders involved in the management and support of ESC projects (especially, project managers, volunteers mentors, trainers involved at the Training and Evaluation cycle of the programme, young people who have run solidarity projects) and those concerned about the employability of young people (policy makers, researchers, scholars, employment agencies, human resources consulting companies, etc) to further build a common approach and strategy that can help and support to reinforce the importance of employability skills development through volunteering projects and/or social entrepreneurship thanks to solidarity projects.

Objectives of the project

To connect volunteering and solidarity with employment and entrepreneurship through competence awareness and social entrepreneurship development through European Solidarity Corps projects.

To exchange good practices, experiences and know-how on improving employability and social entrepreneurship competencies of young people.

To foster employability skills among young people through mentoring volunteers and the training and evaluation cycle of the European Solidarity Corps programme.

To increase competencies, cooperation and networking among organisations in order to foster employability skills and social entrepreneurship.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for 60 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth coaches, Youth researchers, Youth policy makers; professionals from vocational training and higher education; Employment support agencies, Employment counsellors, Job centres, Job clubs, Job coaches, human resources departments; Chambers of commerce; Local authorities.

Working language(s):



Turkish National Agency (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Turkish National Agency ESC/NET UNIT


Phone: xxx

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

Unless specified otherwise, the hosting NA or SALTO of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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