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The Confederation of Don Bosco Youth Centres, the Didania Federation and the ASDE Scouts of Spain have come together to highlight the value of the experience of volunteers who work in the area of extracurricular education, to raise awareness among the business community and society in general of the skills acquired by volunteers and to improve the employability of young people.

These three youth organisations bring together more than 15,000 volunteers and we are conscious of how important the volunteering experience is for the overall education of these boys and girls. However, the paradox arises that the same volunteers, so engrossed are they in their day to day involvement, are not capable of identifying and placing value on the skills they have acquired thanks to their voluntary activity. Skills like working in a team, autonomy, decision making capacity and communication skills are acquired through volunteering and this project is intended to ensure broad sectors of society are aware of that.

“We have joined together to value the experience of volunteers who work in the area of extracurricular education in order to raise awareness among the business community and society in general of the skills acquired by volunteers and to improve the employability of young people.”

On the other hand, today, the social reality is marked by the complexity of the economic situation and the labour market and many young people face uncertainty and insecurity in attempting to access their first job. In the last quarter 2014, there were 5,427,700 unemployed, 23.65% of the active population according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) prepared by the National Statistics Institute. Youth unemployment sits at 867,600 and the rate of youth unemployment scales up to 52.39%. At the same time, Spain has one of the highest rates of young people who are neither studying nor working nor receiving any type of training (NEET: Not in Employment, Education or Training).

As the youth organisations promoting this project, we are not removed from this situation, as the immense majority of our volunteers are young people who put a face to these dramatic statistics through their own life stories. Consequently, we have decided to take note and develop this project to improve the employability of young people.

 

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Confederación de Centros Juveniles Don Bosco de España
C/ Alcalá, 164 - 3º 28028 Madrid
Tlfno. 91 005 91 91
reconoce@reconoce.org