Calling all Jobseekers
New Work Club at Leeds Central Library
On the 13th June Leeds Central Library, in partnership with Europe Direct Leeds, will be launching a Work Club.
The Work Club will be a two hour session running from 10.00 to 12.00 on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month. Jobseekers will have the opportunity to get support to get them back into work, meet other jobseekers, exchange skills and share experiences.
A structured programme of sessions will provide information and support on a range of essential skills such as:
Setting up an email account
Writing a CV
Completing online application forms
Searching for jobs
Researching companies and job sectors
In instances where jobseekers require more in-depth support a referral to a careers advisor will be available.
Over the weeks information on more specific topics including an opportunity to attend talks and visit relevant areas will also be available, examples of topics covered include:
- Courses and training
- Information on starting a business
- Money management
- Working in Europe
No need to book, just come along, meet us and find out what it’s all about.
The Central Library Work Club is supported by Europe Direct Leeds as part of the EU’s creating sustainable growth and jobs strategy.
Work Club Dates for 2011
Monday June 13th Monday September 26th
Monday June 27th Monday October 10th
Monday July 11th Monday October 24th
Monday July 25th Monday Novermber 14th
Monday August 8th Monday November 28th
Monday August 22nd Monday December 12th
Monday September 12th
For further information please contact:
Keith Holdich Tel: 0113 247 8269
Tracy Hopkinson Tel: 0113 247 8266
The Galileo Drawing Competition will take place in each of the 27 European Union Member States throughout 2011. Children living in each of these countries will be encouraged to create a piece of artwork that represents the theme ‘Space and Aeronautics’. The winner will have a Galileo Programme Satellite named after them and launched into Space.
The competition is open to all children aged 9 – 11 years old, in each European Union Member State country.
To take part each child must submit a piece of artwork based on the theme ‘Space and Aeronautics’ This might be a picture of the Earth together with other planets and satellites or the launch of the Galileo Satellite rockets. The children are invited to give free rein to their imagination and use any drawing, painting and colouring material and techniques they wish to. Pictures must then be scanned or photographed and uploaded to the website.
The winner will be selected by a National Jury Panel made up of astronauts and other well known figures. The winner will be announced at an Awards Ceremony where the child will be presented with a certificate and trophy representing the real satellite that will be named after them.
The competition first launches in Belgium and Bulgaria on 10th April 2011, then in the remaining countries in September 2011.
For further details regarding the competition please visit: www.galileocontest.eu
The Galileo Programme is Europe’s independent satellite navigation system. The programme will launch at least 27 satellites, allowing Europe to remain at the forefront of space-related technologies. The Galileo Programme will ensure European access to satellite navigation independently from the American GPS system. The satellite system will have many functions including transportation management and mobile phone applications.
The Galileo Programme Satellites are scheduled to be launched in phases as of 2011, and until the constellation is complete.
For further details regarding The Galileo Satellite Programme please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/galileo
Congratulations to Azerbaijan, who won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday. You can read about the press conference with the winning act by clicking here.
And well done to all the other participants too, it was a good show.
So, you are wondering why we have covered the Eurovision Song Contest this year and think that it has nothing to do with the European Union (and yes, you’re right, Azerbaijan has not joined the EU overnight) read the article “Sunday music -Eurovision Pidgin English” on the blog for the Hungarian EC Presidency, as well as this article about European identity on the website of Deutsche Welle.
We are already looking forward to next year!
And another article from EurActiv: Eurovision
We hope you all had a great Europe Day yesterday!
We celebrated with two primary school classes, exploring culture and customs in the EU. We learned about traditional outfits, food, flags and literature, and had a lot of fun!
We’ll also help the libraries celebrate Fruity Friday at the end of the week.
And of course tonight we are watching the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. The next semi-final is Thursday, with the grand finale on Saturday!
In a changing world, the EU wants to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy and Europe 2020 is the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade. Three mutually reinforcing priorities aim to help the EU and the Member States deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The 3 are Smart Growth, Sustainable Growth and Inclusive Growth.
Sustainable growth covers initiatives for a resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy and Inclusive Growth, for a high-employment economy delivering economic, social and territorial cohesion. http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/index_en.htm
What about ‘Smart Growth’?
Even before the economic crisis, there were 80m people in the EU Member States at risk of poverty — people with low or basic skills who benefited less from lifelong learning than more educated people — including 19m children. 8% of working people do not earn enough to make it above the poverty line and by 2020, 16m more jobs will require high qualifications, with 12m fewer jobs requiring low skill-levels. Acquiring and building on new skills is ever more important.
Europe needs ‘smart growth’ because its lower growth than its main competitors is largely due to a productivity gap partly caused by:
- lower levels of investment in R&D and innovation
- insufficient use of information/communications technologies
- difficult access to innovation in some sections of society
European firms currently account for just a quarter of the €2 trillion global market for information/communication technologies and slow implementation of high-speed internet affects Europe’s ability to innovate, spread knowledge and distribute goods and services, and leaves rural areas isolated. In the area of Education/training, some 25% of European school children have poor reading skills and too many young people leave education/training without qualifications. Numbers attaining medium-level qualifications are better, but the qualifications often fail to match labour market needs. Indeed, under a third of Europeans aged 25-34 have a university degree (40% in the US, over 50% in Japan) and European universities rank poorly in global terms – only 2 are in the world top 20.
There is also the issue of Ageing populations. Europeans are living longer and having fewer children, which means fewer people in work have to support higher numbers of pensioners, as well as fund the rest of the welfare system. The number of over-60s is now increasing twice as fast as it did before 2007 – by some 2 million a year instead of 1 million previously. A better knowledge economy with more opportunities will help people work longer and relieve the strain.
‘Smart growth’ means improving the EU’s performance in:
- education (encouraging people to learn, study and update their skills)
- research/innovation (creating new products/services that generate growth and jobs and help address social challenges)
- digital society (using information and communication technologies)
Targets for smart growth have been set which include:
1. Combined public and private investment levels to reach 3% of EU’s GDP as well as better conditions for R&D and Innovation
2. 75% employment rate for women and men aged 20-64 by 2020– achieved by getting more people into work, especially women, the young, older and low-skilled people and legal migrants
3. Better educational attainment – in particular:
– reducing school drop-out rates below 10%
– at least 40% of 30-34–year-olds with third level education (or equivalent)
The EU will boost smart growth through 3 flagship initiatives:
1. Digital agenda for Europe
- creating a single digital market based on fast/ultrafast internet and interoperable applications:
- by 2013: broadband access for all
- by 2020: access for all to much higher internet speeds (30 Mbps or above)
- by 2020: 50% or more of European households with internet connections above 100 Mbps.
2. Innovation Union
- refocusing R&D and innovation policy on major challenges for our society like climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health and demographic change
- strengthening every link in the innovation chain, from ‘blue sky’ research to commercialisation
3. Youth on the move
- helping students and trainees study abroad
- equipping young people better for the job market
- enhancing the performance/international attractiveness of Europe’s universities
- improving all levels of education and training (academic excellence, equal opportunities)
For more information Europe 2020 Growth Strategy http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/index_en.htm