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European Commission takes action to support young job seekers
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Published on 15-09-10

Are you young and looking for a job? Well according to current figures you are not alone. Between 4 and 5 million people across Europe are struggling to find work, with youth unemployment rising to 21%. The European Commission recognizes the challenges that young people face today with too many leaving school early and too few entering higher education. This could jeopardize Europe's future and put our prosperity at risk. In the context of a European economy in 2020 that will demand high-level qualifications for at least 35% of jobs and medium-level qualifications for 50% of jobs, the European Commission today  launches its innovative Youth on the Move programme.  It is a package of measures that will help our education systems to deliver the right skills, raise the performance of higher education, encourage young people to study and train abroad, and ease their transition to the job market.

    European Commission takes action to support young job seekers

    With the prospect of securing Europe's future for our youth, it is time to act to prepare our young people for the challenges of a highly competitive employment market and a knowledge-based society. The Youth on the Move programme aims to bring the number of school drop-outs from 15% to below 10%, and raise the amount going to higher education or advanced vocational training from 31% to 40%.

    A key feature of the EU is the freedom to live, work and study in another Member state.  Building on the success of the Erasmus programme, the Youth on the Move programme brings this distinctly European solution to the challenges facing today's youth. Mobility helps to give young people the skills they will need for a lifetime of change and adaptation – and this is as true of vocational training as it is of more academic disciplines.  All young people benefit from learning to work with others, sharing ideas and navigating a new culture.  This experience makes them more employable.  We therefore aim to expand our mobility programmes, and open them up to more young people.

    By pooling our resources we can do more to help Europe's youth. The EU will assist our graduates in moving directly into work by helping them find vacancies across the entire European labour market using the new European Vacancy Monitor. In addition, a European Skills Passport will make it easier to compare the experience that young people have acquired in different countries. In combining both education and employment initiatives we can mobilise our youth to secure Europe's future.

    Join the Debate

    If you are a young person seeking for a job or are interested in education and employment opportunities then join us online for a web chat. Androulla Vassiliou, theEuropean Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth will be online for web chat to answer your queries on the Youth on the Move programme.

    We all share in the responsibility to prepare the youth of today for tomorrow's demanding challenges. Our youth, parents, education authorities and employers should all have the right to participate in the debate over arguably the most important area of investment this union can make; our youth. The Commission would like your input and your experience in these matters.

    You can join the debate >>> and submit questions in advance by sending them to (NB: This mailbox will close at 17:00 on September 16)

    For more information:

    Youth on the Move website

    Join us on Social Networking Sites

    More Links and Information:

    Video interview of Commissioners Vassiliou and Andor

    Youth on the Move Communication

    Youth on the Move: Citizens' summary

    Proposal for a Council Recommendation on learning mobility

    Staff working paper: Results of the 2009 public consultation on learning mobility


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    Last update: 31/10/2010  |Top