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Your first EURES Job

What is this?

A job mobility scheme to help young Europeans find work in other EU countries.

It is one of the actions in the Europe 2020 flagship initiative Youth on the Move and the Youth Opportunities Initiative.

Your first EURES job's target for 2012-14 is to help some 5 000 people to fill job vacancies throughout the EU. Activities started in 2012 and involve only a limited number of employment services and job offers. 

For more details, please consult the list of Your first EURES job employment services and partners or see their websites below.

Your first EURES job is based on support from national employment services – information, job search, recruitment, funding – for both young jobseekers and businesses interested in recruiting from outside their home country. Funding is subject to conditions and procedures put in place by these services.

Who qualifies for support?

Jobseekers who are:

  • aged 18-30
  • EU nationals
  • legally living in an EU country

Employers who are:

  • a legally established business in an EU country
  • looking for workers with a specific profile they can't find in their home country
  • offering minimum 6-month contracts, with pay and conditions compliant with national labour law

What support is available?


  • Job matching and job placement support
  • Funding towards the costs of an interview trip and/or of moving abroad to take up a new job
  • Training (languages, soft skills)


  • Recruitment support
  • Small and medium businesses (companies with up to 250 employees) may apply for financial support to cover part of the cost of training newly-recruited workers and helping them settle in

Placement with European institutions and bodies and other international policy, economic, social and scientific organisations (e.g. United Nations bodies, OECD, Council of Europe, ILO or similar) as well as supra-national regulatory bodies and their agencies is ineligible.

How to participate?

The employment services implementing Your first EURES job as well as the relevant information points in the EU countries are listed below.

If your country does not yet offer these services, you can contact any of the organisations hereunder.

More details: Your first EURES job guide – information in this guide remains valid in 2014 until further notice. The publication of an updated version is planned for the second quarter of 2014.

Your first EURES job services


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