In Italy we can now speak of a ‘youth paradox’ because they are decreasing numerically, but are unable to find work: without a structural dialogue between schools and businesses and new accompanying policies in the transition phases, it will not be possible to guarantee a job offer. not precarious to the new generations. This is what emerged during a debate on the latest issue of the Cida-Adapt Observatory dedicated to youth work, between Mario Mantovani, president of Cida, the confederation of public and private managers and high professionals, Francesco Seghezzi, president of the Adapt Foundation and university student Davide Ravaioli, follower of the Aurora program. “The quarterly Observatory on the world of work – explained Mantovani – arises from the need for an unconventional reading of statistical data to have a vision of employment dynamics more in line with reality and to provide managers with a useful tool for their decision-making and organizational processes “.” The data – he added – once ‘unpacked’ and analyzed show, for example, the poor reliability of statistical ‘averages’, which are not very suitable for reading a very different reality in the area. In the Observatory, another example, we focused on the 25-34 age group, because in the previous one, 15-24 years, the incidence of those who study is too high to be able to obtain realistic data on unemployment and precariousness ” . “But – he reiterated – the factor that has weighed the most for the ability to interpret trends and trends in the world of work is the demographic. In 10 years, from 2010 to 2020, the cohort of 25-34 year-olds has decreased by about one million of unity. A trend that does not seem to stop and which, however, can only be reversed over a long period of time. Normally, the fewer young people apply for work, the easier it should be to find it. This is where we find the ‘paradox’ of youth work , given that our employment rate in that age group is too low in comparison with our European partners: in short, young people are decreasing, but the current labor market is unable to absorb them. high incidence of fixed-term contracts which tends to make him substantially precarious and poorly paid “. “Like Cida – he explained – we urge the political decision-maker to intervene on these bases, on these data representative of a reality that often escapes a superficial analysis. The numbers indicate the ways to follow: by reconnecting the dialogue between school and work, managing the transition phases, investing in continuous training that must accompany the entire span of working life “.” As a manager – he clarified – we are aware of what the quality of work that must be pursued by investing in human resources and that must be adequately remunerated is important. In fact, even that of wages is an issue that must be placed at the center of that ‘social pact’ proposed by the Government: Italy cannot be a ‘low cost’ country with low-skilled work, substantially without training, distant from the world university and research and low paid. So we screw down, losing purchasing power and impoverishing the country “.
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