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World – Adecco reaches out to half a million youngsters

02 May 2013

On Tuesday, over 10,000 Adecco employees in 50 countries took part in an initiative to support young people and offer career guidance free training workshops. The firm estimates to have reached over half a million youngsters in over 500 cities around the globe, mainly in public places, schools and universities.

Adecco CEO, Patrick de Maeseneire, could be found on the streets in Brussels, Gent and Bruges in Belgium. He said: “The positive echo I received from the Adecco Way to Work street day here in Brussels and the three other Belgian cities I visited confirmed that we're doing the right thing.

Almost 300 million 15 to 24-year-olds are unemployed or inactive and the Eurozone youth unemployment rate again hit a record-high of 24%.  “Young people have a clear need for advice, information and support in their job search. I'm happy that we made a contribution to a young generation that is struggling to find work,” said Mr De Maeseneire.

Adecco employees were involved in over 1,000 street day activities and over 2,000 branches held open days. In total, over 20,000 coaching sessions have been held or scheduled.

“More flexible labour markets, reform of education systems and young people's willingness to accept temporary job assignments or job opportunities abroad are essential requisites to overcome the current job crisis,” Adecco said. The firm added that temporary work can help young people take their first step onto the career ladder.

The recruiter has now also launched the ‘Around the World in 80 Jobs’ scheme, which will give eight youngsters the chance to travel and work in 80 different jobs around the world this summer. 

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