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Conference – Symposium - Forum

25-29 June 2019 | İstanbul, Türkiye

This cross-sectoral conference, addressing both issues and opportunities surrounding youth employability and entrepreneurship, is the flagship event of the Youth@Work Partnership in 2019.

This cross-sectoral conference, addressing both issues and opportunities surrounding youth employability and entrepreneurship, is the flagship event of the Youth@Work Partnership in 2019. The emphasis of the conference will be on the cooperation between formal and non-formal (youth work) education providers, employment, social & business sectors, (social) entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders. It will showcase achievements, recommendations, good practices as well as future plans inspired by the outcomes of the conference to be taken up by the Youth@Work Partnership.


Youth Employability & Entrepreneurship


In 2018, a consortium of 11 Erasmus+/Youth National Agencies (NAs) and 4 SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres decided to take a new approach to support employability and entrepreneurship amongst young people and professionals. They, therefore, launched the Youth@Work Strategic Partnership on Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship, with the aim to better address these areas by working collaboratively, based on a common strategy.

Youth@Work is an alliance of the NAs of Turkey (the leading NA), Cyprus, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Spain, and the UK, with the support of the SALTO-YOUTH Eastern Europe and Caucasus (Poland), Euromed and Good Practices (France), South East Europe (Slovenia) and Training and Cooperation (Germany) Resource Centres. It runs from January 2018 to December 2020, when the Erasmus+ Programme ends.

This Kick off Conference will enable the Youth@Work Partnership to showcase its achievements so far, to create a platform for networking, reflection, exchanges of practices and knowledge, and to explore ways forward in addressing the topics of youth employability and entrepreneurship.


To initiate exchanges of ideas and cooperation between actors from different sectors in order to create better opportunities for youth integration into the labour market and to make the market more accessible.


1.To inform participants about Youth@Work and its role within youth employability and entrepreneurship.

2.To connect formal and non-formal education professionals to policymakers and actors within the business sector in order to discuss opportunities to shape the future.

3.To identify and consider ways to bridge the gaps between employers and the young workforce through cross-sectoral collaboration.

4.To capture & anticipate the employability & entrepreneurship trends.

5.To sketch a roadmap for implementation of the conference outcomes.

6.To communicate the achievements, action plans and recommendations of the Youth@Work Partnership.


Reflection on the role of youth work and the Erasmus+ programme in addressing the issues that young people are facing around employability & entrepreneurship.

Creating links between research, policy and practice.

Presentation & Contribution of the Youth@Work Study.

Sharing participants’ local and national realities, good practices or initiatives which have been tried but not worked.

Networking opportunities to meet other professionals working in this field across different sectors.

High-level speakers on the subjects of Youth Employability & Entrepreneurship.

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Training overview


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This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for 150 participants

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

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, Youth researchers, Professionals from backgrounds of:● Non-formal education/Youth ●Higher education● Vocational education & training ● Employment support agencies, job centres, job clubs, job coaches etc. ● Employers ● Entrepreneurs & social entrepreneurs

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Turkish National Agency (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Erasmus+YİA TCA 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 NAs of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your NA to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

Turkish National Agency will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency / Regional SALTO-Youth Resource Centre will support your travel costs. After being selected, please contact your NA /SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centre to learn more about how 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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