What is an Employment Alliance?

“Employment Alliances” are an innovative new approach which involves bringing together stakeholders in education, training, local government and economic development – such as Universities and Colleges, VET providers, Enterprise Development Agencies, Local Governments, Banks, and Chambers of Commerce – to jointly contribute to tackling the growing rate of unemployment and under-employment among recent graduates. These Alliances involve dialogue, exchange of best practice and construction of a common agenda for action – working to improve the local employment and self employment situation for young unemployed graduates – particularly in arts and humanities.

Our Goal

The Employment Alliance project aims to empower young unemployed or underemployed graduates to become entrepreneurs and high value of voice in a short period after leaving university.


Two (cross-border) Alliances have been established to date, using the “Employment Alliance Toolkit” in the Louth/Newry region of Ireland/UK and the Szczecin region of Poland and the Halle (Saale) region of Germany.

You can download and view each of these Alliances’ Action Plans below.