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Future City Jobs Event

Addressing youth employment through the creative and cultural industries: learning points from a 12 month EC co-funded project to identify good practice and pilot new ideas in 6 European cities.

Strengthening Youth Employment through the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Across Europe youth unemployment is hitting crisis levels. Future City Jobs – a 12 month EC co-funded project under the PROGRESS programme – aimed to explore whether the cultural and creative industries could provide a solution to this crisis.

Led by the British Council, the project was delivered by partners representing six cities from six EU Member States: Glasgow (United Kingdom), Prague (Czech Republic), San Sebastian (Spain), Södertälje (Sweden), Tallinn (Estonia) and Wroclaw (Poland).

In the partner cities, the project identified and shared examples of best practice, built local networks to explore possibilities in the local context, and piloted two of those ideas. Along the way much has been learned.

The event will share successes and failures, and suggest policy recommendations needed to enable young people to use their creative skills to get into employment.

Speakers from the British Council, the European Commission and Creative Consultancies will be participating.

13.45 - 14.00 Arrivals & Registration
14.00 – 14.20 Welcome and Introduction: Andrew Murray, Director British Council Benelux and EU office
14.20 – 15.10 Presentations and discussions:
• European Commission programmes designed to respond to the current youth unemployment crisis. Representative tbc.
• About Future City Jobs. Nigel Bellingham, Project Director (British Council)
• Successes, Learning Points and Recommendations. Tom Fleming (Tom Fleming Creative Consultancies)
• Wroclaw’s experience of Future City Jobs: Roland Zarzycki, Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016
15.10 – 15.30 Questions and discussion
15.30 – 16.00 Networking Coffee break

Date and time: Thursday 20 September from 14.00 to 16.00
Venue: Scotland House, Rond-Point Schuman, 6 – 1040 Brussels
A short professional biography (5-6 lines) - a list of participants and their bios will be distributed prior to the meeting.

Telephone: 0032 (0)2 227 08 51

The language of the meeting is English.