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Work abroad: Collaborating for change to improve youth mobility

Collaborating for change - frontDuring WETM-IAC 2015 in Lisbon, Jennifer Woodbridge from WYSE Travel Confederation and James Bell from the Alliance Abroad Group provided delegates with a an initial insight into how to drive advocacy for youth mobility and how to build a case that will demand government discussion and create momentum for change.

“We know that some markets with the greatest potential growth are restricted by visa policies in other countries,” said James. “This makes it difficult for young people to work abroad, so we investigated to demonstrate where the potential is.”

The importance of advocating the value of work abroad visas

Access to work abroad visas is the foundation upon which young people can have the freedom of movement across borders and enjoy reciprocal working holiday opportunities in each other’s countries. Of course, fundamental to the success of the work abroad industry is the availability of appropriate visas that can stimulate and enable youth mobility.

WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad, in collaboration with WYSE Travel Confederation is continually working towards strengthening relationships with governments to raise the awareness of the value of the sector and advocating the importance of work abroad programmes.

It is important that we – as an industry – collectively lobby for change to strengthen our voice and with the aim to reduce barriers and foster work abroad travel.

Lobbying needs to be strategic and well planned to be effective. When it comes to government and visa policy, it is essential to present a framework that provides a robust, factual and compelling case that catches the attention of government agencies, key decision-makers and regulators.

Tips on how to develop a position paper

Further to the successful session at WETM-IAC 2015 and to support our members’ advocacy efforts to encourage destinations to establish work abroad visas, WYSE Work and Volunteer Abroad in collaboration with WYSE Travel Confederation have developed a blueprint – a step-by-step guide on how to drive advocacy for youth mobility and how to build a case that will demand government discussion and help create momentum for change.

Download your copy of the blueprint today and make sure you maximise your lobbying efforts!