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Thousands of Adecco employees in over 50 countries will hit the streets on 30 April in an initiative to support young people around the globe, the recruiter announced Tuesday. Adecco staff will offer career guidance and free training workshops to help youngsters improve their employability.
Youth unemployment has been on the rise in many parts of the world. Recent figures for Europe are dramatically high at 23.5%, with peaks of 55.7% seen in Spain or Greece (58.4%). In Europe alone, over 5.6 million people under 25 are unemployed. The International Labour Organization estimates that over 75 million young people worldwide are currently looking for work.
“We believe the current youth unemployment situation is economically and morally unacceptable,” said Adecco Group CEO, Patrick de Maeseneire.
“This job crisis is sweeping away the hopes and dreams of a whole generation. Through the Adecco Way to Work programme we want to make Adecco’s recruitment expertise more accessible to young job seekers and provide real-life insights into the world of work and its requirements. We cannot risk losing a whole generation.”
Adecco employees will therefore be out in the streets, at schools and universities to offer career advice, guidance and free training workshops.
In France, the initiative extends to 33 cities while in Spain and Greece, Adecco will be present in over 150 public places. In North America, major events will take place in Detroit and Los Angeles. In Australia, Adecco will reach out to young people in 50 locations and dozens more actions are planned throughout Latin America and Asia, including Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.