eYe – European Youth Employment

We have started the first cohort in Portugal

A big thank you to all who have and still are supporting the eYe program. Through the interviews with the many young people who applied to the eYe program we have selected a very strong cohort. The program has started and we are already proud of the young people and their ability to progress, their eagerness to learn and their strong energy. What a brilliant start!!!

Description and vision of this project

61% of European employers say they cannot find young talent with the right skills. 7.5 million young people in Europa are out of job, education or training, creating an economic loss of 150 billion Euro. The goal of eYe is to provide employers access to young talent with the right skills quickly and cost effectively and increase the employability of young people.

Since the launch event in November 2014, we have focused our attention on Portugal. Here we will kick-off the first eYe-Certification pilot in summer 2015. 30 unemployed young people will get the chance to join our 6 months program that includes a unique combination of physical and virtual workshops, peer-to-peer coaching, English sessions, communication and self-awareness training as well as an internship with employers in the CircularSociety community. The eYe-Certificate prepares participants for the job requirements. At the same time we enable employers to increase their productivity as they gain access to the pool of eYe-graduates.

“Better results, better future – Tap into millennial talent”

“The European Youth Employment (eYe) – Certificate is a ground breaking approach to increase the employability of young people and to help employers hire talent.” (Jan Mühlfeit – Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation 2007-2014)

The pilot will be launched at the YMCA in Setubal (Portugal), which has become our third CircularSociety Center. Our growing impact community in Portugal includes organizations like the World YMCA, Education First (EF), Talentory, AIESEC, ATEC, Polytechnic Institute Setubal, Kelly Services, NOVA, CCISP, Science4You, Jobzippers and others.

“The eYe project is a tremendously important project in the fight against youth unemployment. The Circular Society is taking a unique approach by bringing together and involving all the relevant stakeholders. It is only through such collective effort that we can be successful”
(Dr. Peter Vogel, Author of Generation Jobless?)


Every little, concrete step to bring young unemployed people in Europe (back) in to work is worth our efforts. Every person counts! We see our activity as a critical contribution to Europe’s sustainable future, as it brings economic as well as social balance.


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Video: CEO of World YMCA about their reasoning for partnering with CircularSociety

Wall of fame

Here is a list of the private individuals who donated towards making the eYe programme happen.

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