EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL POLICY COUNCIL : SUPPORT FOR UNEMPLOYED YOUNG PEOPLE IN PIPELINE.

 
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All unemployed persons aged under 25 may soon be entitled to an apprenticeship, training or a job within four months of losing their job or leaving formal education. The employment and social affairs ministers agreed, on 28 February, on a draft Council recommendation on establishing a youth guarantee in every member state as from 2014. "This is not about parking young people in just any training scheme to take them out of the unemployment statistics. The goal is to offer them a real job or to give them the skills they need, through training and apprenticeship, to land a job," commented Luxembourg's Minister for Labour, Employment and Immigration, Nicolas Schmit, after the meeting.

The recommendation, non-binding by definition, calls on member states to make a good quality offer to all unemployed under-25s. It is based on EU funding of 6 billion for regions with an unemployment rate of more than 25%, in line with what was decided at the February European Council. But the text does not give further details in order to "take into account the diversity and different starting points of the member states as regards the level of youth unemployment, institutional set-up and capacity of the various labour market players". It allows the member states experiencing the most severe fiscal problems and in which the youth unemployment rate is highest to implement this type of mechanism gradually.

The text sets out general guidelines for implementing the mechanism. It asks states to consider setting up an organisation to ensure coordination between all institutions and bodies concerned, in particular with the public authority responsible for managing the youth guarantee scheme. It also asks them to keep an up-to-date overview of funds allocated to setting up and implementing the youth guarantee...

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