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Brussels, 18 September 2014

Youth Guarantee: learning from the Finnish experience

Members States are meeting on 18-19 September in Helsinki to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Finland, a pioneer country in developing this scheme. The meeting is part of the European Commission's Mutual Learning Programme, and will give 13 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden) an opportunity to learn from the Finnish experience in order to put the Youth Guarantee into practice.

László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, commented: “Now that Member States are working to make the Youth Guarantee a reality, it is more important than ever that they use any opportunity to exchange good practices and learn from each other. Finland is a reference in this field and other Governments may find some elements of the Finnish scheme useful in their countries. This peer review is an example of the close contacts between the Commission and the Member States to speed up the implementation of the Youth Guarantee”.

Among other aspects for the success of the Youth Guarantee, participants will discuss how to establish partnerships and to foster cooperation between the different stakeholders at local level, notably schools, public employment services, companies and local authorities. Participants will also discuss how to encourage apprenticeships and how to measure progress towards achieving the goals of the Youth Guarantee.

The Commission is providing continuous and extensive support to Member States to help them implement the Youth Guarantee. On 9 September, the coordinators of 18 Youth Guarantee pilot projects met in Brussels to review achievements and share practical experience for implementing national Youth Guarantee schemes (see IP/14/981, MEMO/14/521).

Background

Under the Youth Guarantee Member States should ensure that, within four months of leaving school or losing a job, young people under 25 can either find a good-quality job suited to their education, skills and experience or acquire the education, skills and experience required to find a job in the future through an apprenticeship, a traineeship or continued education.

The Youth Guarantee is both a structural reform to drastically improve school-to-work transitions and a measure to immediately support jobs for young people.

The Youth Guarantee is based on successful experience in Austria and Finland that show that investing in school to work transitions for young people pays off. The Finnish youth guarantee resulted in a reduction in unemployment amongst young people, with 83.5% successfully allocated a job, traineeship, apprenticeship or further education within three months of registering.

Finland's Youth Guarantee applies to all young people under the age of 25 and to those aged between 25 and 29 who have graduated within the last months. The renewed Youth Guarantee started on 1 January 2013.

All 28 Member States have submitted Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans and are taking steps to set up their Youth Guarantee schemes (details available here).

For more details on the Youth Guarantee, see MEMO/14/530.

For more information

László Andor's website:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/andor/index_en.htm

Follow László Andor on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LaszloAndorEU

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Contacts :

Jonathan Todd (+32 2 299 41 07)

Cécile Dubois (+32 2 295 18 83)

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