Unemployment is one of the top issues on the European governments’ political agendas today. In 2015 the figures for unemployment have declined from the crisis peak, but still remain in double digits in the EU as a whole. More than 23 million people are out of work, with youth and long-term unemployment being a source of particular concern.
The construction sector offers a concrete possibility to combat unemployment, it creates local and more qualified jobs with good earning potential, thus standing out as a rewarding career path to follow.
On top of this the sector has the capability to integrate large sections of population, which are not well represented in construction and which are by and large more at risk of unemployment: women and young people.
EBC decided to celebrate its 25 year anniversary with a photo exhibition and a dinner on 13 October 2015 in the European Parliament on involving women and young people to make construction SMEs more inclusive. The construction sector is in urgent need of new talented and skilled people to replace retiring workers and cope with demand. It’s a win-win situation. Women and young people are the future of the sector.
The exhibition featured photos depicting the passions, the efforts and the stories of young people and women working in construction trades. It showed how they got involved in the sector and what their take on the future is. The photo exhibition on women and young people in construction took place on Tuesday 13th October from 18h00. The exhibition was hosted by MEP Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal, EPP) and MEP Catherine Stihler (UK, S&D).
On this occasion DG GROW also held the award ceremony for the winners of the European video competition “Build Europe with us” in cooperation with EBC. The competition was launched to encourage young talent to join the construction sector.
The anniversary dinner was hosted by MEP Anne Sander (France, EPP) and by MEP Silvia Costa (Italy, S&D). During the dinner the Luxembourg Minister for Social Affairs and Employment Nicolas Schmit and Director for Equity Salla Saastamoinen from DG Justice took the floor.
The exhibition and the dinner are supported by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union
EBC is also proud to be sponsored by the following partners for the organisation of its 25 year anniversary events