2005 Carl Bertelsmann Prize: Work and youth: Recognizing opportunities – Realizing potential
Symposium for the 2005 Carl Bertelsmann Prize
Youth and work: Recognizing opportunities – Realizing potential
More than half a million young people in Germany are unemployed. The international professional symposium organized in conjunction with the 2005 Carl Bertelsmann Prize, awarded on the topic of “Youth and Work,” focused on ways to help these young people make the transition to the working world. The symposium was held on Sept. 7, 2005, in Gütersloh and was attended by political, academic and business leaders.
To start the symposium, Patrick Liedtke of the Club of Rome outlined the employability requirements of the future. They were the starting point for the first round-table discussion entitled “Today’s youth-Fit for tomorrow?” in which education experts, teachers and company representatives discussed the potential young people have to offer and how better use can be made of it in the future.
Jutta Allmendinger of IAB in Nuremberg then presented a comparison of the employment opportunities and employability of young people throughout Europe. Exemplary programs identified by the Carl Bertelsmann Prize search committee were then presented in the session “Transitioning to the working world-A look at Europe’s solutions.” The symposium’s third and final talk, “Creating the future-Educating young people,” focused on unveiling the secrets for success offered by the solutions implemented abroad and reviewing their transferability. In this session, representatives from the public and private sectors discussed more effective solutions for integrating young people into the working world.
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