A gig economy represents an environment in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. It can represent either a promising economic model which would enable individuals to unleash their full potential and to be more creative as freelancers; or a temporary and unsustainable model in which uncertainty and job insecurity are in the core. Surprisingly, little is known about the realities of ‘gig work’ and there is a growing need to reflect on how society deals with these changes in a manner that protects and educates vulnerable young people.
The Giggin’ Policy projects, which is committed to tackle this situation, is co-led by the Friesland College (NL) and the Learning Hub Friesland (NL) and a total of 10 partners from 5 European countries form the partnership. Project purpose is to foster environments where youngsters are included in the design of future strategies; validate the innovative method of “youngsters in the lead” in the specific context of gig economy; connecting youth to leaders and decisions makers from educational sector; support leaders of educational institutions, policy makers and decision makers from the world of work in dealing with diversity thus reinforcing socio-economic diversity in learning in environments; raise awareness about the effect of gig economy has on youth; and arm young people against exploitation in the gig economy.
The project started 15th January 2021 and will last during the next 3 years, until the 14th January 2024.
Contact person: Víctor Soria