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Youth on the Move

Youth on the Move is a comprehensive package of policy initiatives on education and employment for young people in Europe. Launched in 2010, it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Goals

Youth on the Move aims to improve young people’s education and employability, to reduce high youth unemployment and to increase the youth-employment rate – in line with the wider EU target of achieving a 75% employment rate for the working-age population (20-64 years) – by

  • making education and training more relevant to young people's needs
  • encouraging more of them to take advantage of EU grants to study or train in another country
  • encouraging EU countries to take measures simplifying the transition from education to work.

Methods

Why focus on young people?

  • Over 5 million young people (under 25) were unemployed in the EU-28 area in the second quarter of 2014.
  • This represents an unemployment rate of 21.7% (23.2% in the euro area). This is more than twice as high as the adult unemployment rate (9.0%).
  • 7.5 million young Europeans between 15 and 24 are neither in employment, nor in education or training (NEETs).

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