According to ISTAT, in 2019, the employment rate of young Milanese in the age group 15/24 is 44% for males and 35% for females, while in the age group 25/34 it’s 85% for males and 75% for females (Assolombarda “Il lavoro a Milano. Edizione 2019”).
At the same time the so-called NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training), young people who aren’t studying nor looking for a job, keep being a worrying phenomenon in Italy. In Lombardy, where NEETs are about 11% of males and 18% of females, we are confronted with the paradox of an increasing number of companies that cannot find professional profiles with the specific skills they are in need of.
All these data refer to a period prior to the Covid-19 emergency and the new ISTAT surveys, referring to the first months of 2020, highlight a marked decrease in employment and a strong growth in inactivity especially among young people. As stated by the International Labor Organization, the consequences of the health crisis will be serious especially for the younger sections of the population. This is due to the “triple shock” that is simultaneous: loss of employment, interruption of education and professional courses, and the multiplication of barriers to access the labor market (ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. IV edition, 05/2020).
In light of the current economic and social context, it’s clear that is necessary to start training and job placement courses for young Milanese. These classes must be customized according to the needs, aspirations and talents of the young people involved and adapted to market demands and employment prospects