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Tackling youth unemployment: Your First EURES Job

Struggling to find a job in your home country and thinking about starting your career in another part of Europe but feel you need more help? Or are you an employer who can’t find the staff you need in your home country? ‘Your First EURES Job’ could be the solution for you.
While the EURES network helps jobseekers and job changers to work in another EU country by providing advice and information, "Your First EURES Job" may provide enhanced support to young EU nationals aged between 18-30 years. This includes job-matching and possibly training as well as financial support to attend a job interview and to cover some of the costs of settling abroad once an employer has confirmed its willingness to hire a job applicant.
In addition, once the hiring of a young person is confirmed, small- and medium-sized enterprises (companies with up to 250 employees – SMEs) may apply for financial support to cover part of the cost of training newly-recruited workers and helping them to settle in.
To date, the action has been run by EURES in Germany, EURES in Spain, the municipality of Aarhus in Denmark, and the province of Rome in Italy. The action also takes place in other countries thanks to a strong partner network. The objective is to expand the pool of employment services participating in the action over 2012 and 2013.
”Your first EURES job” is a demand-driven action, i.e. it addresses in particular bottleneck sectors where vacancies are difficult to fill due to a supply failure at domestic level. Those sectors include engineering, ICT, healthcare, hotel and catering, and construction, as well as encompassing sales professionals, and electronic mechanics and fitters.
To be eligible, jobs must be located in an EU country other than the country of residence of the young jobseeker and have a minimum contractual duration of six months. The work involved and the salary provided should also be in accordance with national labour practices and law. 
What is "Your First EURES Job"
”Your First EURES Job” is a preparatory action launched by the European Commission to help young people find a job in another EU country. For the pilot period 2012-2013, the scheme should help 5 000 young people find a job placement. Its overall aim is to test the effectiveness of a customised job placement service combined with financial support, before the approach is implemented on a wider scale in the EU.
”Your First EURES Job” is based on support from national employment services – information, job-matching, 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.

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Read more about the objectives, eligibility criteria, and financial support on offer in the Guide: Your First EURES Job.

On the websites of the employment services participating in the action you can find out more about application and participation opportunities:

The official website of Your First EURES Job provides the link to the Guide as well as the contact details of the relevant employment services.

The European Vacancy Monitor and the European Job Mobility Bulletin provide guidance on variations on the EU labour market over time, (notably regarding employment sectors and the countries most in need of workers).

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