How to generate jobs for young people in the green economy in Catalonia?


This challenge focuses particularly on the following groups:

  • Young people aged 18 to 30, who have failed in finding a job in the field of their studies after completing compulsory education or even university degree.
  • Young people over 16 who have not managed to finish compulsory education and are at risk of social exclusion. Neither they nor the market often manage to imagine ways in which they can access or create jobs.
  • Young people who have failed to consolidate their transition from odd jobs, internships and underemployment to full-time employment.

The green economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. It creates wealth, value and employment while reducing carbon emissions and pollution, enhancing energy and resource efficiency, and preventing the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The focus is therefore on proven innovations that have successfully generated jobs in the green economy specifically for young people or for more generic groups that could be adapted to young jobseekers. In particular, there is special interest in:

  • People-public-private partnerships.
  • Initiatives that match the capacity of young people with the labour market needs to facilitate immediate hiring.
  • Innovations that integrate young people at risk of social exclusion through their employment.
  • Innovations that foster entrepreneurship as an alternative to job-searching, creating new jobs not only for themselves entrepreneurs, but also for other young people would be welcomed.
Stakeholders panel

Àngel Illa, Clara Navarro, Encarna González, Ignasi Aldomà, Ignasi de Juan, Jaume Olller, Jesús Rico, Josep Maria Vallés, Josep Planas, Marta Torras, Nemo Remesar, Pep Ollé and Xavier Casanovas.

Challenge completed
January 2015