Boosting Youth Employment in Europe through Growth and Quality Jobs:
Guaranteeing a Future for the Young Generations
22 November 2016, Brussels, Belgium
Eurostat’s latest figures show that in June 2016, 4.194 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU-28, of whom 2.915 million were in the Euro area. Compared with June 2015, youth unemployment rates have slightly decreased, with 18.5 % of young unemployed in the EU-28 and 20.8 % in the euro area, compared with 20.6 % and 22.5 % respectively in June 2015. Although the latest figures show a small improvement, youth unemployment rates remain very high in the EU.
In response to this challenge, in 2013 the EC introduced the Youth Employment Initiative, which aim at supporting NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training) in EU regions most affected by youth unemployment, using a budget of €6 billion for the period 2014 – 2020. Additionally, EU Member States have developed Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans to ensure that all youngsters under 25 receive a good-quality offer within four months of leaving education or becoming unemployed.
This international symposium sets out to assess the challenges behind current unemployment trends in the EU and determine viable solutions to boost employment in the EU. It will also analyse the ways in which employers, HR experts and employment services can help the young unemployed to boost their professional lives.
- Assess the latest policy developments to tackle youth unemployment at EU level
- Develop viable solutions to boost youth employment and create quality jobs with the support of employment services and employers’ organisations
- Define alternative strategies to minimize skills mismatches in the current labour market and develop vocational education opportunities
- Evaluate the potential of entrepreneurship in tackling unemployment amongst young people
Source: Public Policy Exchange