The world of work is undergoing transformations which have been accelerated by new technologies. The changes that are underway will entail increased demand for highly-skilled workers and people with new proficiencies, but also the risk of disappearance of many traditional occupations. As a result of these trends the most vulnerable – youths with a low level of education or job skills, single women shouldering the burden of unpaid care work, people with disabilities – will be at risk of being deprived of opportunities to find their place in the labor market. Considering also the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now urgent to expand the job experience opportunity set for these people and to facilitate alliances among businesses, third-sector organizations and government agencies to test and disseminate active labor market policies at the local level. At the same time, it is crucial to ensure delivery of quality education and facilitate career counseling and life-long learning pathways that help young people gain not just technical abilities but also soft skills which are increasingly in demand in the job market.
Promoting the creation of new job opportunities, helping people gain soft skills, specialist technical abilities, in particular in the green and circular economy, and facilitating entry into the job market for disadvantaged people and youths.