The 1st European Business-Education Summit held last November in Brussels gathered 600 representatives from the EU, businesses, education and youth to discuss the results of the European Pact for Youth campaign.
The Summit was also an opportunity to discuss how to boost youth employability over the coming years with business-education partnerships, and other related topics such as Vocational Education and Training (VET) as an equal choice for youth, STEAM education, entrepreneurial skills and gender balance in the workplace.
EU and business leaders make youth employment a top priority
The day before the Summit, His Majesty the King of the Belgians met 30 CEOs in order to review the accomplishments of the European Pact for Youth, launched two years ago by His Majesty.
Building upon the Pact, business and civil society leaders developed three policy proposals to make business-education partnerships the new norm. A Joint Appeal from CEOs was presented to the European leaders at the Summit.
The future of business-education partnerships
The Summit was hosted by European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, and the President of CSR Europe, Etienne Davignon.
Thyssen and Davignon said in their joint address: “By bringing key stakeholders together, the Pact acted as an incubator for new, European collaborative projects. We hope that this Pact will further inspire and support you to engage strategically in business-education partnerships. Our ambition is clear, to better equip youth for the future of work by making business-education partnerships the new norm in Europe."
The Pact will continue at the national level through the implementation of the National Action Plans.
View the highlights of the Summit on Storify
View the event's Flickr album
Read the Final Report