BITCI held a stakeholder round table on October 10th as a follow up for those who attended the first EU Business-Education Summit in Brussels in November 2017. At this Summit CSR Europe, the EU Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament launched the European Pact for Youth national action plans of member states, including Ireland’s.
The European Pact for Youth (P4Y) is a mutual engagement of business and the European Union leaders. Initiated by CSR Europe, it brought together representatives of business, education and youth, and the European institutions. All businesses, social partners, education and training providers, youth organisations, public and private employment services, teachers, trainers, learners and parents as well as other key actors, were called upon to develop or consolidate partnerships in support of youth employability and inclusion.
The objectives of the European P4Y are to:
Ireland’s national action plan can be read here. The roundtable was kindly hosted by IBM and the focus was to discuss what is needed to take the implementation of Ireland’s national action plan to the next stage. The focus of the forum was to consider how stakeholders can collaborate at a higher level to ensure the impacts and outcomes are richer and stronger than working in isolation supporting: school-business partnerships, apprenticeships, new collar jobs and entry level/placement/traineeships.
Attendees included M&S, Boots, Symantec, Accenture, IBM, ESB, Arup, Tusla, Department of Education & Skills, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Junior Achievement and Young Social Innovators.
Key recommendations were:
BITCI has a team who lead on school-business engagement in Ireland with over 200 businesses participating and 59 of those partnerships have been maintained for longer than 10 years. There is a commitment from our members and our strategic partners to consider the roundtable outcomes. Further follow up actions will take place and BITCI will continue to update its network on progress.