The Brussels region is boosting its budget to help unemployed youths find work, work experience or training, Actiris announced in a press release on Tuesday.
According to the Brussels employment agency, quoting Eurostat data, 19.8% of the region's youths aged 18 to 24 are not in work, education or training. "That statistic is too high", it believes.
Therefore, Actiris is seeking applications partly for players on the ground (youth centres, community centres, social workers, etc.). The aim is to "find a series of new solutions to help youths restore contact with and trust in institutions and embark on careers".
To ensure that the applications are successful, Actiris' "NEET" budget ("Not in Employment, Education or Training"), which is being co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), is being increased from the current €708,000 to €1.6 million per year.
The drive is essentially seeking so-called "uncommitted" people, or those who are not seeking to work or study, and have no incentive to. "We want to restore their trust, get them to sign up with Actiris and get them to use the services available to them. If the drive works, although new people signing up will increase youth unemployment statistics, it will not matter, as our fundamental role as a public body is to find solutions. The most important thing is to get youths into work", declares Grégor Chapelle, Actiris' general manager, quoted in the press release.
Applications must be submitted no later than 25th June. Information workshops for potential partners will be held at 11:00a.m. on Thursday 19th April and 2:00p.m. on Tuesday 8th May at the Tour Astro, Actiris's headquarters.