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Youth Guarantee three years on – how is it doing?

The Youth Guarantee, and the Youth Unemployment Initiative that supports it, are two initiatives the EU put in place to help young adults into work, training or apprenticeships. Set up three years ago, the programmes, which are aimed at fighting youth unemployment in Europe, have helped millions of young people. But although the results are looking good, the European Commission is clear there is no place for complacency.



Latest statistics show employment on the rise over last two years

Unemployment in the EU is now at its lowest rate (8.6%) since March 2009, with 1.6 million fewer unemployed people in the EU compared to last year, reports the autumn edition of the Employment and Social Development in Europe (ESDE) Quarterly Review.



Young Italian bakes perfect pizzas 2 000 km from home

When opportunities come knocking it’s good to embrace them. Emanuel Cappelletti, freshly graduated from an Italian tourism and hospitality school, did just that. Today, with support from EURES, he is working in a Finnish pizzeria and loving every minute.



Berlin plays host to professional pitch for Swedish screenwriters

Ready for the next Scandi blockbuster or TV series? It may soon be coming to a screen near you, to judge from the positive noises being made by some of the 23 participants who attended EURES Sweden’s pitch for screenwriters event on 2 June 2016.



Discover your talent through vocational training

There is still a feeling that University is the only way forward after you’ve finished secondary school. But vocational training, such as apprenticeships, can open up excellent opportunities. The shape of these courses, and the diversity of professions they can lead to, has changed greatly over the past decades. So this is the perfect time for the European Commission to organise it’s first vocational skills week.



Would-be young entrepreneurs getting support online, face-to-face and in tailored workshops

Tempted to work for yourself? Check out I-LINC, a digital skills website packed with practical tips and a supportive community to help you take your first self-employment steps. Or take inspiration from Finland EURES’ entrepreneurship focus and the nation’s growing network of young entrepreneurs.



Glowing new job prospects for artists that light up our cities

With a ‘light artist’ business card, you’ll get compliments galore but may struggle to find a steady job. Yet the future’s looking brighter for several of this niche sector’s top artists, after pitching their talents to potential employers gathered in Stockholm at the express invitation of EURES.



Language software specialist in Denmark ramps up recruitment

In the hunt for talented IT people, one Danish firm taps regularly into EURES services. Ordbogen A/S, focused on online translation and learning, is going international and aims to expand its staff fivefold by 2020. If you’re a coding whizz, this could be just your line.



Check out the job opportunities showcased by Estonia’s upcoming job day

Love the great outdoors? If so then maybe you should think of working in Estonia, rated one of the 10 greenest countries on earth by the Environmental Performance Index. If the idea of taking up a job in a country boasting great career opportunities, a good quality of life and a dramatic natural environment grabs you, then check out the European (Online) Job Day. Hosted by EURES Estonia, in cooperation with the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund and Work in Estonia, the event will be held online on 11 November between 11am – 3pm, Central European Time.



Recruitment partnership draws Italian nurses to Irish nursing homes

Ireland is always eager to attract competent staff for its 400-plus nursing homes, especially in more rural areas. Since March 2016, a joint project between EURES Ireland and EURES Italy has helped them to recruit eight highly qualified Italian nurses, with further job offers pending.




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