A special interview to Lenka Čurillová – President of ADEL, one of the GOONJOB parter
Conducting a desk research within the project, we found out a substantial absence of EURES in the framework of youth associations in EU countries. According to you, what is the reason for this absence?
It is difficult to generalize and answer, but for example in our case, we have never been contacted by Eures office regarding some cooperation although we have been active in promoting and offering mobility and EU opportunities for 8 years. For example in Slovakia, the Eures offices are included in the labour offices structure and their functioning might be not very flexible and additional activities of the employees not always required or welcome.
Do you think youth associations could play a role in promoting EURES services? If so, which one? If so, how?
Definitely yes. The visits of labour offices or public institutions in general are not very popular among young people. Youth associations usually have daily contact and friendly relationships with youth, therefore can either recommend young people concrete Eures service and assistance suitable for them. On the other hand, youth workers can also provide recommendations to Eures staff how to better or more efficiently approach young people.
In your opinion, what are the skills that young workers should have in order to be able to support youngsters in using EURES services?
Flexibility – adapt the approach based on each personality-empathic communication and understanding-adapted approach to the current era – e.g. use of social media or other tools in their work.