Smart cities can be understood as an inclusive space for each and everyone to achieve their best options, within the framework of sustainable development, where institutions boost information and technology environments that help achieve the highest individual and social well-being with the aim of improving the lives of citizens. The youth group (between 15 and 24 years) was severely affected by the crisis. In this paper, youth employability, in relation to the new challenges of smart cities, is analyzed in the EU with the aim of assessing the influence of information and communication technologies (ICTs) skills on youth employability.
By means of a mean analysis and structural equation modeling, the differences between the Eurozone and the other countries in the EU is analyzed, as well as the importance of information technologies and the computer skills for increasing youth employability.
The results indicate that awareness of the importance of IT skills is greater in the Eurozone and that computer skills are highly significant to explain the employability of young people.
The achieved conclusions point out to the training on computers skills as a key factor for boosting youth employment.
This work could provide some tools to help policymakers design instruments for increasing youth employment, as well as to provide training mechanisms to obtain the skilled workforce needed for the enterprises that emerged in the environment of smart cities.
The main original value of this work is to relate computers skills and the employment rates for youth in the framework of the European Union.
Picatoste, J., Pérez-Ortiz, L., Ruesga-Benito, S.M. and Novo-Corti, I. (2018), "Smart cities for wellbeing: youth employment and their skills on computers", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 227-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-04-2017-0014Download as .RIS
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