Human Capital Development
This Working Group focuses on the crucial transition from education to work in a rapidly evolving world. Participants will delve into skills development, addressing challenges like youth unemployment and skill mismatches. The group will also examine the impact of digital and green transitions on the labor market. Through discussions, the group aims to develop a common stance on enhancing human capital, with a focus on practical and actionable outcomes. These conclusions will aim to influence policies and practices that directly benefit the youth in their professional growth and development.
Each working group will consist of up to 10 young people from both the Western Balkans and the EU, including a participant from the previous edition of the Forum. The goal is to facilitate a comprehensive exchange of ideas and experiences, fostering a deeper understanding of each area and crafting conclusions that reflect the youth’s perspective and aspirations for the future.
Working Group conclusions
Urge the Western Balkans to increase human capital and invest in intelligent use of resources to increase economic growth and combat brain drain, especially for young people, as well as encourage innovation;
Urge the WB to establish mentorship programs connecting experienced professionals from EU with students, providing guidance and support in various fields, including education and career development;
Establishment of mentorship programs connecting experienced professionals from EU with students, providing guidance and support in various fields, including education and career development;
Development of a comprehensive framework for funds aimed for improvement of education quality and implementation measures;
More opportunities for practical work in specific fields between WB and EU institutions;
Due to the EUBYF’s positive effects in regional cooperation, our recommendation is for the forum to be implemented annually with novel themes based on pressing WB matters, including an evaluation of the institutions’ response to the previous recommendations.