RAI Amsterdam signs work agreement to help tackle youth unemployment

On Tuesday 31 March, RAI Amsterdam signed a work agreement within the framework of tackling youth unemployment under the supervision of the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Lodewijk Asscher, and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker.

Why did the RAI Amsterdam sign a youth employment agreement?
RAI Amsterdam aims to be one of the frontrunners in the field of sustainability in the conference and event industry in Europe in the next five years. By setting this goal, RAI Amsterdam acknowledges its social role and responsibilities as an employer, and hopes to actively and visibly contribute to the wellbeing and welfare of its current and future employees.

To do so RAI Amsterdam has implemented a sustainable HR policy focused on the wellbeing, vitality and lifestyle of its employees. The policy is subdivided into six themes:

  1. Enjoyable work
  2. Vitality (promoting health and a proper balance between working and private life, reducing stress)
  3. (Self)development
  4. Diversity
  5. Mobility
  6. Social engagement

While employers play an important role in increasing the opportunities for youth employees, the demand for work is mainly determined by economic growth. There is still a lot employers can do, however, including opening up positions to young people, creating start-up functions, and ensuring sufficient internships and traineeships. Company visits, practical lessons and training in employee skills also provide youths with a good start on the labour market.

Read more about RAI Amsterdam’s efforts in this respect as included in the work agreement.

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