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Positive action to reduce youth unemployment


Regional youth projects in the Netherlands are proving successful in getting young people into work

In the Nijmegen region in the Netherlands, the past three years have seen 17 projects help 579 young people into work, training or a job placement. Implemented under the ‘Youth at Work’ ESF programme to combat youth unemployment, the projects covered a range of activities, such as seminars for schoolchildren on the most promising sectors for jobs, given by the chambers of commerce, and the ‘youth-vouchers’ project for employers who take on young workers. So far, 392 young people have found a job, and the programme aims to offer support to a further 600 by the end of the year.