Extracts from the press conference by László Andor, on quality framework for traineeships

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-084342   Duration: 10:02:53  Lieu:
End production: 04/12/2013   First transmission: 04/12/2013
On 4 December 2013, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, gave a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium to present the Quality Framework for Traineeships proposed by the European Commission. It deals with guidelines to enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job. The proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships would in particular call on Member States to ensure that national law or practice respects the principles set out in the guidelines, and to adapt their legislation where necessary. Traineeships are a key element of the Youth Guarantee proposed by the European Commission in December 2012 and adopted by the EU's Council of Ministers in April 2013.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium 00:00:04
10:00:09 László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, before the beginning of the press conference 00:00:05
10:00:15 Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): With about 5.7 million people under the age of 25 unemployed currently in Europe, these levels of youth unemployment are obviously unacceptable for us. The European Commission has been working together with the Member States to find solutions to tackle this problem. Part of the solution is to improve traineeships that can give young people a valuable stepping stone into the world of work if they offer quality learning content and adequate working conditions. 00:00:34
10:00:50 General view of the audience 00:00:03
10:00:54 Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): Traineeships can be valuable in terms of helping young people to acquire the skills and experience that potential employers are looking for. This is why quality traineeships are one of the key elements of the Youth Guarantee, which Member States are now getting ready to implement. The Youth Guarantee seeks to ensure that all young people up to the age 25 are offered a good quality job, a traineeship, an apprenticeship or continued education within 4 months after leaving school or becoming unemployed. 00:00:37
10:01:31 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:03
10:01:35 Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The Commission has today proposed a Recommendation to set up a Quality Framework for Traineeships. This Framework would aim to ensure that trainees could benefit from a high-quality learning experience, safe from exploitation. The proposed Quality Framework is based on the principle of transparency. Member States should ensure that employers make clear in advance whether trainees would be paid or not. Employers would also have to specify other working conditions, the educational objectives, and the way in which trainees would be supervised. 00:00:37
10:02:13 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:02:17 Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The Quality framework also provides that the duration of a traineeship should not exceed six months. The proposed Quality Framework would also encourage more young people to train abroad, as the same standards would apply across the EU. This would complement the forthcoming extension of the EURES network to include traineeships. I would now urge Member States to adopt and to apply the Quality Framework as soon as possible so that young people can take full advantage of traineeships as a way to get a permanent job. 00:00:36
10:02:53 General view of the audience 00:00:05
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