A New Lost Generation? Youth Employment in Corona Times
What is the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the job market? Do young people have a particularly hard time or does the crisis also offer opportunities? Sonja Bekker, Ton Wilthagen and alumna Nina Meeuwes share their views in this webinar. Online, registration required. (English / SG-Certificate*)
Time: 19:30-20:30 hrs.
Unemployment or opportunities?
A decade ago, the global financial crisis left deep scars in terms of destroyed opportunities and unemployment for young people. Now COVID-19 threatens to do the same thing to the under-25s.
At the end of the first corona wave, 10,000 fewer young people had a job than in the same period last year, according to research by SEO Economic Research and the Verwey-Jonker Institute.
At the same time, we see the creation of new jobs and initiatives. Does the corona crisis also offer opportunities for school leavers and the unemployed? Think about all the ‘crisis jobs’ proposed by the government to alleviate the staff shortages in the healthcare, education and enforcement sectors.
Sonja BekkerAssociate professor, Tilburg Law School & Utrecht University School of law
Associate professor Sonja Bekker tells more about youth (un)employment in these Corona times. She is highly interested in employment and social policies, especially the labour market position of 'atypical' groups. She places this interest in the setting of European Social Policies.
Ton WilthagenLabor Market professor, Tilburg University
Labor Market professor Ton Wilthagen moderates the event and gives examples of the more optimistic initiatives that appear.
He is also one of the impact program leaders of Tilburg University on the theme Resilient Society, and figurehead of the National Science Agenda for the same theme.
Ton has been working on many innovations, including the development of work-experience schemes for young people that enable them to make a transition to the labor market, even in times of crisis.
Nina MeeuwesMarketing and Communication specialist
Tilburg University graduate Nina Meeuwes started her first job in March 2020. She is working as a Marketing and Communication specialist in the event industry at Rotterdam Ahoy. She shares her experiences as a starter on the job market in these unprecedented times.
The 'New Common'
The corona crisis has compounded major societal challenges. Tilburg University shares knowledge and insights to reshape our society. We are happy to discuss this New Common.
Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).
* This event may count towards the Studium Generale Certificate.