BYEF – Bilbao Youth Employment Forum

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The goal of this fourth edition is to progress further in generating shared knowledge on future employability through the presentation of the model the NSF is working on and the best practices suggested by other top-level partners and allies. Our allies’ knowledge and partnerships are key for the future. We seek to attract the main representatives of international agencies and the best practices we can identify in relation to this great challenge for the future. As pointed out by the UN, youth employment and women are two key economic accelerators that will play a major role in deploying the 2030 Agenda goals. We shall also give priority to the participation of young people, and listening to their opinions will be a key element. In addition to the Forum, there will be a “side-event” in which young people will be working on the main aspects that concern them regarding future employment issues. They will submit their proposals and these will be added to the closing session of the BYEF.


The Forum will be a 1 day event.  The methodology used during the Forum will be, on the one hand, empirical; presenting the results of the research the NSF is carrying out on an employability model. On the other hand, it will also consist of evidence-based research, to help us identify what has been successful in various socio-economic contexts and why.

It will be a participatory event that integrates various aspects, from policies and programmes, to best practices and young people’s views.

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This 3rd Edition BYEF-2016, which will take place on 16 November at the Bizkaia Aretoa (Bilbao), has two goals: One is to introduce the ILO’s Global Initiative on Decent Jobs, which is part of the UN framework to deploy the SDGs. The other is to undertake an in-depth study of the work we do with theRegional Campaign Committees (Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean) with the help of Michael West, Team Based Working Professor at the Management School of Lancaster University (UK).



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The BYEF emerged as an open forum for the participation of key stakeholders with a view to generating new knowledge on promoting youth employment and decent jobs.

The first edition of the Forum (2014) brought together 400 representatives from the Public Administrations, businesses, trade unions, universities and youth organisations, who identified the main factors required to promote employment in future societies. There are many barriers impeding youth employment because creating jobs requires the actions of many parties.

The second edition of the Forum (2015) was designed as a social dialogue forum where representatives from businesses, youth organisations, trade unions, governments and academia discussed the type of society we wanted, the type of productive model, the type of business culture and the skills we need to develop to promoteemployability within the framework of the SDGs, taking the environment into account.

We are aware that the key lies in the model of society we want to build and, from there, establish the productive model, the business culture and the educational system and the skills required in this environment. We require social dialogue to overcome all these issues and build on aspects that unite us. This is the starting point of this third edition.

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