On 21-22 February, the Tällberg Foundation together with the City of Västerås, gathered 200 people to continue the process to reduce youth unemployment and strengthen human resource management.
The purpose of the meeting was to move from words to action to reduce youth unemployment and strengthen skills provision. The meeting culminated in a new agenda for jobs and skills.
Among the participants were local politicians, officials, business, public sector and young people. As one of our younger participants put it: "This has probably been the most intellectually stimulating I have seen in a very long time. [...] Thank you for all you adults, even though I am only 16 years old, really took to you of what I had to say and that you really got to feel like a part of it all: "
If you are interested in the conclusions and analysis, please contact caroline sahlborn (caroline.sahlborn"at"tallbergfoundaiton.org)
Rework Västerås is a concept where both young people and leaders from the public and voluntary sectors, as leaders from local and multinational companies come together to exchange experiences and to agree on challenges and opportunities to reduce youth unemployment and strengthen human resource management. Together with the City of Västerås, Tällberg Foundation initiated an unique process and on the 21-22 of February, 300 people gathered to create a new common agenda for targeted short-and long-term efforts to strengthen human resource management and combat youth unemployment.
In 2012, approximately 150 people participated in the process to lay the foundation for the business. The next goal was to create a new common agenda. Through common commitment and curiosity we gathered force for co-production in order to strengthen human resource management and eliminate unemployment in Västerås. Together we created a common sense and experience, put our ideas on the way by turning the perspective of hope and inspiration in the boundless efforts to create a sustainable society.
Rework Västerås aimed at creating a dialog where young people, business and policy makers meet. Many of us are talking and working to reduce youth unemployment and strengthen human resource management in Sweden. We are many who act and trying to create new opportunities. But we can say that we have not found solutions to reduce youth unemployment and strengthen our skills bank. How do we approach this deep rooted problem? The challenge is complex and no single player can handle it by own power.
In 2012, Tällberg Foundation and the City of Västerås therefore initiated a unique process to create a dialog and an arena where young people, business, worklife, the public and decision makers could meet. The starting point was today's good initiatives, pioneers and existing commitment. We create, implement and co-produces sustainable and innovative solutions that break with convention, which is boundless and that makes a difference.
In Västerås, there are approximately 17,000 young men and women aged 16-24 years. Of these, approximately 750 women and nearly 1,000 men unemployed.
Of these, 350 people have not had a job in the past year! Traders are crying out for skills that are not available. They can not find what they need. In one case out of four is not the skills being sought. It is simply impossible to implement the planned recruitment. It is a threat to our region, from the global competition for talent. The challenge is complex and no single player can handle it with its own.
Rework Västerås was based on four parts. Three workshops and a major forum on 21 and 22 February 2013. The end goal was to end up with what is not working, reinforce what we are good at and formulate new visions and solutions that the key players take responsibility to implement.