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Youth employment policies at EU level, with focus on the Youth Guarantee Joint Meeting STYLE/CUPESSE Istanbul, 1-2 September 2014. Katarina LINDAHL Unit Sectorial Employment Challenges, Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship European Commission - DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

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Youth employment policies at EU level, with focus on the Youth GuaranteeJoint Meeting STYLE/CUPESSEIstanbul, 1-2 September 2014

Katarina LINDAHL

Unit Sectorial Employment Challenges, Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship

European Commission - DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


Youth unemployment rates

Greece, Spain, Croatia: around /more than 50%

Austria, Germany, Netherlands: around /less than 10%

Turkey 17% (2013)


  • Youth Employment Package (Dec 2012)

    • Council recommendation on establishing a Youth Guarantee (April 2013)

    • Launch ofandCouncilDeclarationon a European Alliance for Apprenticeships (July/Oct 2013)

    • CouncilRecommendation: Quality Framework for Traineeships (March 2014)

    • Mobility of young workers


  • A Youth Guarantee

  • Council Recommendation of 22 April 2013: Member States

    • ensure that all young people up to 25

    • receive a good-quality offer of

    • employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship

    • within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education.


The YouthGuaranteeis

  • an outcome-basedapproach

  • a long-term structuralreform, including VET / apprenticeshipsreform

  • about coordinated partnerships (ministries, socialpartners, youthorganisationsetc)

  • investmentwithsubstantial political backing within MS governments


Ongoing: implementation

  • Youth Guarantee Implementation Plansfrom all 28 MS

  • Monitoring: multilateral surveillance through the European Semester under Europe 2020 strategy & Employment Committee

    • 18 MSsreceivedCountrySpecificRecommendations on youthemploymentin2014

    • 8 MSsreceived a CSR on the YG: BG, EL, HR, IE, IT, PL, PT, SK


  • EU support to YG implementation

  • Financial support

    • European Social Fund: major employment and training programmes, employment services and education systems reforms

    • Youth Employment Initiative (YEI): EUR 6 billion earmarked for early support to individual young unemployed or inactive in regions with youth unempl > 25% (2012)

  • Policy and technical support

    • Exchange ofexperience (Oct 2013, April 2014, Sept 2014)

    • European Alliance for Apprenticeship

    • Quality Framework for Traineeship

    • COM assistance: [email protected], Helpdesk for apprenticeships/traineeships (ESF TA)…


Targeted knowledge transfer

European Alliance for Apprenticeships

Improving the

  • Supply

  • Quality

  • Image

    of apprenticeships

Spotlights on benefits

Smart use of EU programmes


  • Quality Framework for Traineeships

    • Traineeships can efficiently increase employability + be stepping stones towards regular employment if they provide:

      • Good learning content and

      • Adequate working conditions

  • Traineeshipagreementtocover:

  • learningcontent, mentorship, evaluation

  • workingconditions: weeklyworkingtime, duration, sickleave, hol's

  • more transparencyalready in traineeship advertismentregarding compensation, socialsecurity coverage, hiring practices


  • Youth employment – staying top priority

  • EU leaders' Strategic Agenda June 2014 for new mandate:

  • Unemployment still highest concern, especially for young people

  • Step up fight to unlock talents and life chances – NEETs,skills, mobility…

  • Comm PRES-elect Political GLs: "Job Creation my first priority"

  • Accelerate implementation of YG schemes

  • Progressively broaden YG scope

  • Envisaged jobs, growth and investment package to complement YG efforts supported by ESF, YEI etc.


  • Youth employment – staying top priority

  •  Further expanding knowledge base - crucial for

  • Enabling precise, adequate policy advice over forthcoming European semesters

  • Informing technical assistance offered

  • Identifying remaining "unknowns"

  • Supporting most effective use of available EU (and national) funding


More information

  • Youth Employment

  • http://ec.europa.eu/social/youthemployment

  • Youth Guarantee

  • http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1079&langId=en

  • European Alliance for Apprenticeships

  • http://ec.europa.eu/apprenticeships-alliance

  • Quality Framework for Traineeships

    • http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/lsa/141424.pdf

  • ESF Technical Assistance apprenticeship/traineeship schemes

  • http://ec.europa.eu/social/youthtraining

  • Your First Eures Job

  • http://ec.europa.eu/social/yourfirsteuresjob


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