European Commission launches a pilot project to help young people find jobs
In its initial phase 'Your first EURES job' will aim to improve cross-border mobility for 5 000 young people; four selected employment services from Germany, Spain, Denmark and Italy will help young people look for work in Member States other than their own. Young EU nationals between the ages of 18-30 will be provided with information and help for their recruitment, as well as the possibility of financial support for their application or training.
'Your first EURES job' will also serve as a testing ground for transforming EURES – the network of Member States' employment services – towards a pan-European employment service. The Commission intends to improve EURES so as to provide more transparency on the European labour market and direct jobseekers and job changers to where the jobs are. It will also provide easier and real-time access to vacancies available in the EU, while presenting employers with a pool of candidates with the right skills.
EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor said that this pilot project marks our first steps towards a more customised job placement service that would help people to find jobs in other European countries. Helping people with relevant skills to find jobs in other countries that need those skills can be part of the solution to Europe's unemployment crisis, he added.
'Your first EURES job' is one of the actions in the Europe 2020 flagship initiative Youth on the Move and the Youth Opportunities Initiative. The European Vacancy Monitor and the European Job Mobility Bulletin also contribute to matching jobs and jobseekers across borders.