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Your first EURES Job (YfEJ)

Helping young people

Your first EURES Job is a "targeted mobility scheme". These schemes aim to:

  • fill vacancies in a certain sector, occupation, country or group of countries, or
  • support particular groups of workers with a propensity to be mobile, such as young people.

How does it work?

  • Your first EURES Job aims to provide placements such as jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships for candidates up to 35 years old.
  • It covers the EU28 plus Norway and Iceland.
  • Activities are implemented by consortia driven by EURES services, involving at least seven countries.

How is it funded?

As of 2014, Your first EURES Job is financed under the EURES axis of the EaSI programme.

Activities are funded through annual calls for proposals:

  • 2014: the first call for proposals had a budget of EUR 6.9 million. Two projects have been awarded for a duration of 24 months and for around EUR 3.5 million each. Activities started in February 2015.
  • 2015: a new call for proposals is open until 26 June 2015.

For more information, please see the YfEJ Guide, which lists the conditions and rules governing participation (EN - FR - DE), as well as the list of employment services and partners in the EU & EFTA/EEA countries (EN - FR - DE).

Your first EURES Job preparatory action (budget 2011-2013)

Your first EURES Job has been running as a "preparatory action" since 2012 to help young EU citizens aged 18-30 find a job, traineeship or apprenticeship in any EU country.

It combines the provision of information, recruitment, matching and placement services with EU financial incentives. Projects are implemented by public, private or third sector employment services.

The YfEJ evaluation report gives an overview of the results achieved over the first two years and of the main challenges for the future.

The YfEJ progress summary report outlines the main achievements of the action on a quarterly basis.

Activities under the preparatory action "Your first EURES job" are still rolling on until the end of May 2015.

You can see the corresponding list of employment services and partner information points at EU level.

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