When companies – once the limitations of the pandemic were eased – resumed looking for male and female workers, finding themselves faced with a dramatic unavailability especially of young people, an underlying and hitherto hidden theme exploded in all its evidence. The world of work has changed. Both if we look at youth expectations and if we analyze the changes taking place between smart working, conciliation, equal opportunities, corporate climate, benefits and corporate welfare.
The cultural climate has also changed. As he observes Stefano RadelliDirector of Lombardy crafts: «Since last year, when the pandemic emergency was not completely overcome, our surveys have us reported a significant reduction in the number of young people, boys and girls, who entered our work placement assistance programmes. At first we thought it could depend on the poor effectiveness of our tools and our methods of recruiting and matching the demand for employment. However, when this figure proved to be common to the most diverse employment agencies, including those that have millionaire budgets for their communication campaigns, then we understood that there was something else as well, something more structural and less instrumental». Radaelli also underlines how even «employers in every sector have told us about the phenomenon of big resignationof the difficulty in finding personnel, which also involved thriving companies capable of remunerating their human resources adequately, then we understood that it was It is necessary to go deeper into the matter, from several points of view because a complicated question hardly has a simple answer”.
«”Young people want everything immediately, they are not willing to make sacrifices, they all want to be influencers”. These are just some of the phrases that punctually come back into fashion whenever data on the state of youth unemployment in Italy is released. A partially short-sighted vision and daughter of a basic prejudice. Perhaps the time has come to honestly look at what lies at the root of the mismatch afflicting the Italian labor market” he claims Federica Castellucci, regional coordinator for Mestieri Lombardia, who explains: «An exclusionary school system, with very high rates of early abandonment; a distorted work culture that labels certain professions as “undesirable”; the inaccessibility of employment services or their excessive standardization; distrust in a labor market system that has abused the tools available, such as the now infamous extra-curricular internship; a salary that too often does not go beyond the contractual minimums».
A paradigm shift that also has a impact on the world of social cooperation which, as he observes Giusi Biaggipresident Cgm National Consortium“has become less attractive to young people. This affirmation is substantiated by the data which show a sharp drop in under-29 presences in our companies. We must move quickly with a change of attitude towards young people so that spaces for movement, responsibility and careers open up for them. We cannot expect old models of belonging from young people, but instead we can arouse their engagement on issues that are close to their hearts and which are at the same time challenges for our social enterprises“.
A complex situation for which, underlines Castellucci «a systemic action is essential, networking by integrating resources and players. The experience of the In-Jobs project, for example, has demonstrated the key role of the involvement of companies in offering training courses that are not perceived by young people as a “risk of wasting time”. Building partnerships in which companies participate in the design and implementation of the training course, perhaps also by making spaces and resources available, has proved to be a win-win strategy for young people who have had access to concrete training in a corporate context or specific sectoral, with a possible immediate job outlet, and for companies that have been able to calibrate training according to their needs”.
From these considerations arises the seminar entitled “Desire for a new job – In-JOBs, looking for a generative and inclusive job” scheduled Wednesday 23 November in Milan at the Triulza Foundation in the MIND Milano Innovation District (Ex Expo area) from 9 to 13 (details in the online agenda).
The annual seminar of Mestieri Lombardia, concludes Radaelli has the aim of bringing «a contribution to the reflection on the phenomenon, on the cultural evolution underway with respect to the sense of work, on the role of the Third sector, but also with respect to how job offers by companies can evolve, and how we can try to exploit this situation to favor the processes of inclusion of the most vulnerable sections of the population”.
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