The Bilbao Youth Employment Forum will deal with the effects of technological and ecological progress on the culture of innovation in companies with a view to tackling employment challenges within the SDGs

On 20th November, the Novia Salcedo Foundation will hold a new edition of the Bilbao Youth Employment Forum (BYEF) in the Mitxelena Hall at the Bizkaia Aretoa Conference Centre. This forum has become a key event for all social and administrative agents working to improve the labour prospects of young people.

José Antonia Marina, filosofo, ensayista y pedagogo.

This year, the forum is entitled ‘Employability and New Skills Linked to Sustainable Development‘. The goal, according to the organisers, is to identify and connect the factors implicit in technological and ecological advances that encourage a culture of innovation within companies. This culture is necessary to address the new social challenges included in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, especially those related to improving employability.

The event will begin with a discussion panel on the progress and challenges of the 2030 Agenda regarding economic growth and the creation of quality jobs. Moderated by the Spanish Government’s High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda, Cristina Gallach, a number of leading figures will be participating, such as Manuel Escudero, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Spain to the OECD, and Leyre Madariaga, Director General of External Action of the Basque Government.

Then, the mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, will announce the ‘Bilbao, City of Values‘ project before giving way to the keynote speech. The philosopher, essayist and pedagogue José Antonio Marina will speak on ‘The Values and Competencies of Citizens, towards a Sustainable Society Aligned with the 2030 Agenda’. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their concerns.

The third activity in the BYEF programme will be the presentation of the main findings of the NSF Employability Study. Using a round table format, experiences and good practices in monitoring training plans between tutors and young people will be made known, and the factors that most affect young people’s access to the labour market will be made public before the official launch of the ‘NSF Tutor School’.

Subsequently, Virginia Carcedo, Secretary-General of Inserta Empleo and Deputy Director of Training, Employment and Transformation of the ONCE Foundation, will address the social and labour inclusion of young people with disabilities. The BYEF will end with the presentation of the conclusions by the Novia Salcedo Foundation and a closing speech by Marcos Muro, Deputy Regional Minister of Employment and Youth of the Basque Government.