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The dramatically high youth unemployment rates in Europe call for immediate action by Member States.
One of the priorities for action is to ensure a smooth school-to-work transition for young people. Two studies undertaken for the European Commission on apprenticeships and traineeships in all EU Member States recommend that these schemes should be more responsive to labour market requirements, better adapted to business needs and offer more guarantees in terms of quality and perspectives for young people.
The studies' results will provide input to the preparation of two Commission initiatives by the end of 2012: a draft Council Recommendation on Youth Guarantees, to ensure that young people are either in employment, education or training within four months of leaving school, and the definition of a Quality Framework for Traineeships.
The study on apprenticeships recommends that there should be:
The study on traineeships indicates that:
The traineeship study complements the public consultation on the quality of traineeships launched as part of the Commission's April 2012 Employment Package.