International seminar «Youth unemployment among social risk/vulnerable groups» in Daugavpils, Latvia.
International seminar «Youth unemployment among social risk/vulnerable groups. Flow of information and cooperation of public agencies responsible for youth unemployment across the border».
International seminar «Youth unemployment among social risk/vulnerable groups. Flow of information and cooperation of public agencies responsible for youth unemployment across the border» within the framework of the international project "ComUnYouth" (Combating Youth Unemployment) took place on the 16-17th of March 2017 in Daugavpils, Latvia.
The aim of the project is to improve the employment situation of youth in the periphery in Russian-Nordic-Baltic border areas and to empower youth to take an active role in the process of combating unemployment as well as in the implementation of concrete activities. Representatives of Estonia, Finland, the Republic of Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Vyborg, and Karelia took part in the seminar.
The international seminar was hosted by the Euroregion "Country of lakes", Latvian office. Three sessions were organized on various topics such as "Youth employment, social social affairs and inclusion", "The link between education and training systems and the world of work", "Social entrepreneurship in support of youth from social risk / vulnerable groups" within the framework of the seminar.
Tatyana Shatalova talked about the problems concerning the employment of people with disabilities and disabled persons on the example of St. Petersburg SBI Vocational and Rehabilitation Center. She stressed that 263 students were sent to work practice, 193 graduates were employed, 49 graduates were sent for training over the past three years.
Current situation of young people's employment in Finland and South-Karelia was shared by Helena Puustinen, Ville Kallio and Emilia Karhu. They told that the economic situation in Europe have had an impact on the employment of young people in Finland.
Employers hire less, for example, during seasonal work in summer.
It is difficult for young people to find a job in summer without good contacts, however, 53% of young people think that Finland is a good place to live.
Galina Unukovich shared her experience in youth employment, participation in the solution of social issues in the Republic of Belarus on the example of the Glubokoe district, Ekaterina Silyanova told about social entrepreneurship in the Kaliningrad Region. Six Kaliningrad projects received funding from the contest "Active generation". A methodology for teaching people the profession of a guide at the age 50 and over was developed within the project "People's Guide".
The experience of the Vyborg District was of great interest. Natalia Belenova, chairman of the Committee for Social Protection of the Population of Vyborgsky Municipality, Leningrad Region, spoke in detail about the individual rehabilitation program for disabled people. The individual rehabilitation program for disabled people contains the following activities: medical rehabilitation or habilitation activities; activities of vocational rehabilitation or habilitation; activities of psychological and pedagogical rehabilitation and habilitation; activities of social rehabilitation or habilitation; pphysical culture and sports.
At the end of the seminar the participants were able to enjoy the culinary heritage of Latgale in Kraslava