The Saló de l’Ocupació Juvenil helps young people make contact with companies and join the labour market

The third edition of the Saló de l’Ocupació Juvenil (Youth Employment Show) will offer young people between 16 and 35 years of age the opportunity to get information, advice and find out about the most in-demand occupations in a wide range of industries. In addition, the event organised by Fira de Barcelona, with the support of the Barcelona City Council through Barcelona Activa and the Youth Department of the City Council, will allow attendees who have finished their studies and are about to start their careers to connect with 60 companies and organisations.

People between 16 and 35 years old who want to access the labour market will find on the 19th and 20th of March at the Saló de l’Ocupació Juvenil all the keys to doing so in the best possible way. With the slogan ‘Put talent to work’, the event will provide visitors with everything they need to learn how to improve their CV, prepare for a selection process and understand which sectors best fit their profile.

The event will promote contact between companies, organisations and institutions that are committed to young talent, and people who want to enter the world of work or who are thinking of a career change. The City Council agency’s priority is to make Barcelona a city of talent. With this aim, workshops and talks will be held, in which companies will explain which skills are most valued when it comes to hiring someone and will give recommendations and advice on how to participate in their selection processes.

One of the new developments will be the space ‘Springboard into the World of Work’, with 10 themes such as commerce, the digital economy, the green and circular economy, sport, creative industries and the leisure and boating and shipping industries, among others. Likewise, in the Discover space, new in-demand professions in the labour market will be announced, and it will be explained to those interested how to access them and what type of training is needed. There will be testimonials from other young people who found the profession that best suited them and attendees will be able to see professionals from different sectors giving demonstrations to understand what their work consists of. This year, a resource map has been set up for this purpose.

Another area is helping young people to defend their labour rights from the time they sign their first contract. The Youth Council and the trade unions will participate, along with the Infojove youth advice services and Barcelona Activa‘s workers’ rights advocacy centres. All of the events are aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both to ensure that rights are guaranteed and also to raise awareness that actions taken in the professional field should be compatible with a more sustainable world.

Finding work according to your preferences

The career guidance services, made up of 200 professionals from different departments of the Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Employment Service (Servicio de Ocupación de Cataluña), will address those attending individually, helping them to prepare personalised visits to the fair according to their preferences and training, showing them the different activities taking place at the event so that they can make the most of their visit.

In addition, the Saló de l’Ocupació Juvenil once again has a specific Barcelona Activa stand where one can learn about the world of entrepreneurship, as well as a space dedicated to advising young people about their rights and duties at work, in which experts will resolve queries about collective agreements, payrolls and contracts on a confidential basis.