Substantial EU financial support to the Youth Guarantee’s implementation is provided by the ESF and the YEI. During the 2014-2020 programming period, both sources will directly invest at least EUR 12.7 billion in youth labour market integration measures.
In addition, the ESF and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) invest considerable resources in modernising labour market institutions and education systems reform which will also impact youth employment. For instance, the total allocation by Member State to education measures, including higher education, amounts to over EUR 27 billion, with young people likely to be the main beneficiaries of this funding.
Further to that, a total of EUR 6.24 billion from the ERDF are planned for investment in education infrastructure, with young people being the main beneficiaries of the funding.
Policy support and mutual learning activities helped Member States put in place the right infrastructures and measures.
A network of national Youth Guarantee coordinators was established and meets twice a year to ensure a direct link between the Commission and the Member States' lead authority in charge of establishing and managing the Youth Guarantee.
Until the end of 2014, the Commission provided an advisory service on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes, including research, events as well as a helpdesk providing strategic, operational and policy advice for policy makers, ESF Managing Authorities (MAs), relevant national and regional agencies, social partners or their members.
The Youth Guarantee has also been a priority on the agenda of the European Network of Public Employment Services (PES), contributing to building PES capacity to provide tailored services to young people. The Network organises a range of mutual learning activities and undertakes annual monitoring of PES implementation of the Youth Guarantee.
The European Employment Strategy’s Mutual Learning Programme was also mobilised, with the publication of relevant practices on the programme’s database and the organisation of five peer reviews bringing together practitioners, experts and policy makers, a high level exchange at ministerial level, and two learning exchanges.
New approaches on partnerships were tested and their findings widely disseminated. At the request of the European Parliament, the European Commission directly managed 18 pilot projects in 7 Member States to test local partnerships for Youth Guarantee schemes (European Parliament Preparatory Action) and to provide Member States with practical experience for implementing their national Youth Guarantee schemes.
The Commission has supported awareness raising activities around the Youth Guarantee, with a pilot running in 4 Member States in 2015 that resulted in an electronic toolkit with lessons learnt. This toolkit is available for national, regional and local authorities who wish to use it for engaging young people not yet aware of the Youth Guarantee. In addition, a call for proposals has been launched in April 2016 to provide support to Youth Guarantee outreach activities in five more Member States in 2017-18.