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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 is open to young candidates and employers of the EU-28 countries, Norway and Iceland.
  • Candidates must be nationals and legal residents in any of those countries.
  • The scheme aims to help
    • young people up to 35 years old to find a job, traineeship or apprenticeship in another Member State.
    • employers to find the skills they need for their hard to fill vacancies.
  • 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 via 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 with a budget of around EUR 8 million was open until 26 June 2015. Activities are deemed to start in the last quarter of 2015.

More about Your first EURES Job on the EURES portal:

Your first EURES Job preparatory action

Your first EURES Job ran as a pilot between 2012 and the end of the last wave of projects in May 2015. This "preparatory action" was financed by the EU budget years 2011-2013.

The aim was to help young EU citizens aged 18-30 find a job, traineeship or apprenticeship in any EU country.

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


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