Life Long Learning: a European comparison between youth policies, training, work and guidance

Why young adults nowadays face such difficulties in finding a job? Why also graduated people do not always find job consistently with their qualification? Why in Italy we have both the lower graduation rate in Europe and the higher rate of intellectual unemployment? Are the LLL policies able to improve the young adults' living conditions? How the young adults make sense of the LLL policies? And do these policies actually fit their needs and expectations? Which advices and suggestion deriving form research might be helpful to institutions and policy makers in order to tackle these problems?

These questions have been approached in the Roundtable hosted at Salone Orientamenti on November 15th in Genoa. In the occasion of the Italian meeting of the YOUNG_ADULLLT project, a public Roundtable has been integrated within the schedule of Salone Orientamenti, the most important public event about the educational and training supply in Genoa, Liguria and Italy. The team leaders of different project partners (Marcelo Parreira do Amaral, Hans-Georg Kotthoff, Oscar Valiente, Xavier Rambla and Mauro Palumbo) have introduced the first findings from the project fieldwork, discussing them with the Liguria Regional Assessor for Training, Youth and Culture Policies laria Cavo and the Lombardia Regional Assessor for Education, Training and Labour Policies Valentina Aprea.

Concerning the Italian dimension, which constituted the main focus of the discussion, differences between the contexts of Milan and Genoa (the two areas analysed by the Italian research team) in the field of LLL policies has been highlighted, by means of the analysis of the visions and practices of the main stakeholders, including the young adults targeted by these policies. Specifically the LLL policies have been questioned in terms of:
• their mutual compatibility in terms of objectives and implementation processes;
• their capability to take into account the actual young adult's needs;
• their intended results and their unintended effects, in the face of the life courses fragmentation and the changes in the skills supply and demand market.

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