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Work-study training, a compass in the unemployment jungle - Companies

Work-study training, a compass in the unemployment jungle – Companies

“Belgium must be able to bet massively on work-study programs and must dare to invest and believe in this mode of learning if we want to solve the problem of youth unemployment in our country” claim the liberals Kevin Karena and Alexandre Somma at when youth unemployment is on the rise.

Belgium currently has more than 200,000 jobs in short supply on its territory, which represents more than a hundred functions and profiles to be filled. In addition, youth unemployment is exploding in the 3 regions of the country. In 2022, for example, it is up by 6.9% in the Brussels region alone.

Based on this observation, we plead for a real paradigm shift and for Belgium to focus more on work-linked training as a response to these vacant jobs and to the difficulty for young people to find a job in Belgium. We must include this training in our culture and in our mentalities as other European countries have done.

Work-study training has many advantages since the learner acquires a certain amount of knowledge through theoretical courses but also practical and concrete training which takes place in the company during the rest of the week. In addition, work-study training has the advantage of being always in tune with the evolution of the profession and with the realities of the professional world and therefore fully meets the satisfaction of students but also of companies.

If Belgium were to choose to bet massively on work-study, there would be fewer vacant jobs, we are convinced of this, and training would guarantee access to a job after leaving school, which is unfortunately not always the case in the current time.

Given the current crisis and the growing demand for young talent on the job market in multiple sectors, it is necessary to opt for a more efficient relationship between the world of education and the ‘company. The public authority must aim to facilitate these relationships. Let us bet on the simplicity and accessibility of the procedure, the administrative heaviness or the trivialities shown by certain leaders with regard to partnerships between the public and the private sector must not become excuses to let youth unemployment worsen and mortgage the future of a generation.

“Let’s kill two birds with one stone, rather seize the opportunity for an intergenerational approach.” We note that when the retirement age approaches, the majority of employees are no longer fully active, but the level of contribution varies over time and according to the situation. It is therefore necessary to reflect on how to stimulate our elders so that they remain active until the end of their retirement. With this in mind, what could be better than leaning towards the passing of the torch and the transmission of skills at the end of your career.

It would be necessary to be able to achieve a more conclusive matching between supply, demand and training, this is a key issuean investment and not an expense that we should be careful not to save or shorten the debate with vein promises based on small actions here and there made to clear our conscience. When it comes to investing in the future for the sustainability of social cohesion, let’s keep in mind that it’s not the money that makes the project, but the project that makes the money.

We have so much to do to take this step and develop the work-study model in Belgium. We are convinced that this is one of the solutions, if not THE solution, to make up for the shortage of workers. Let’s develop this model to guarantee employment for young people after they leave school. We want Belgium to be ambitious in this area and to enlarge and modernize its network of training schools, but also to encourage more synergies between these schools and the aid agencies for re-employment.

Kevin Karena, President of the Young MRs of the Brussels Region

Alexandre Somma, President of the Young MRs of Uccle

Belgium currently has more than 200,000 jobs in short supply on its territory, which represents more than a hundred functions and profiles to be filled. In addition, youth unemployment is exploding in the 3 regions of the country. In 2022, for example, it is up by 6.9% in the Brussels region alone. Based on this observation, we plead for a real paradigm shift and for Belgium to focus more on work-linked training as a response to these vacant jobs and to the difficulty for young people to find a job in Belgium. We must include this training in our culture and in our mentalities as other European countries have done. Work-study training has many advantages since the learner acquires a certain amount of knowledge through theoretical courses but also practical and concrete training which takes place in the company during the rest of the week. In addition, work-study training has the advantage of being always in tune with the evolution of the profession and with the realities of the professional world and therefore fully meets the satisfaction of students but also of companies. If Belgium were to choose to bet massively on work-study, there would be fewer vacant jobs, we are convinced of this, and training would guarantee access to a job after leaving school, which is unfortunately not always the case in the current time. Given the current crisis and the growing demand for young talent on the job market in multiple sectors, it is necessary to opt for a more efficient relationship between the world of education and the ‘company. The public authority must aim to facilitate these relationships. Let us bet on the simplicity and accessibility of the procedure, the administrative heaviness or the trivialities shown by certain leaders with regard to partnerships between the public and the private sector must not become excuses to let youth unemployment worsen and mortgage the future of a generation. “Let’s kill two birds with one stone, rather seize the opportunity for an intergenerational approach.” We note that when the retirement age approaches, the majority of employees are no longer fully active, but the level of contribution varies over time and according to the situation. It is therefore necessary to reflect on how to stimulate our elders so that they remain active until the end of their retirement. With this in mind, what could be better than leaning towards the passing of the torch and the transmission of skills at the end of the career. We should be able to achieve a more conclusive matching between supply, demand and training, this is of a capital issue, an investment and not an expense that we should be careful not to save or shorten the debate with vein promises based on small actions here and there made to clear our conscience. When it comes to investing in the future for the sustainability of social cohesion, let’s keep in mind that it’s not the money that makes the project, but the project that makes the money. We have so much to do to take this step and develop the work-study model in Belgium. We are convinced that this is one of the solutions, if not THE solution, to make up for the shortage of workers. Let’s develop this model to guarantee employment for young people after they leave school. We want Belgium to be ambitious in this area and to enlarge and modernize its network of training schools, but also to encourage more synergies between these schools and the aid agencies for re-employment. Kevin Karena, President of the Young RMs of the Brussels Region Alexandre Somma, President of the Young RMs of Uccle

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