Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Your first EURES Job

Your first EURES job is based on support from national employment services – information, job search, 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.

Who qualifies for support?

Jobseekers who are:
  • aged 18-30
  • EU nationals
  • legally living in an EU country
Employers who are:
  • a legally established business in an EU country
  • looking for workers with a specific profile they can't find in their home country
  • offering minimum 6-month contracts, with pay and conditions compliant with national labour law
What support is available?

  • Job matching and job placement support
  • Funding towards the costs of an interview trip and/or of moving abroad to take up a new job
  • Training (languages, soft skills)
  • Recruitment support
  • Small and medium businesses (companies with up to 250 employees) may apply for financial support to cover part of the cost of training newly-recruited workers and helping them settle in
Placement with European institutions and bodies and other international policy, economic, social and scientific organisations (e.g. United Nations bodies, OECD, Council of Europe, ILO or similar) as well as supra-national regulatory bodies and their agencies is ineligible.

How to participate?
The employment services implementing Your first EURES job as well as the relevant information points in the EU countries are listed below.

If your country does not yet offer these services, you can contact any of the organizations hereunder.


Youth on the Move

Youth on the Move is a comprehensive package of policy initiatives on educationand employment for young people in Europe. Launched in 2010, it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.


  1. making education and training more relevant to young people's needs
  2. encouraging more of them to take advantage of EU grants to study or train in another country
  3. encouraging EU countries to take measures simplifying the transition from education to work.
  1. Coordinating policy to identify and stimulate action at EU and national level;
  2. Specific actions designed for young people – such as the preparatory action 'Your first EURES job' for labour market mobility within the EU, and increased support for young entrepreneurs via the European progress microfinance facility.
Why focus on young people?
  1. Around 5.5 million young people are unemployed in the EU, which means that 1 in 5 people under 25 who are willing to work cannot find a job.
  2. The unemployment rate among young people is over 20% – double the rate for all age groups combined and nearly 3 times the rate for the over-25s.
  3. 7.5 million people aged 15 to 24 are currently neither in a job nor in education or training.

Youth on the Move aims to improve young people’s education and employability, to reduce high youth unemployment and to increase the youth-employment rate – in line with the wider EU target of achieving a 75% employment rate for the working-age population (20-64 years) – by


The EU promises cash to fight youth unemployment | DW.DE |

The EU promises cash to fight youth unemployment | Europe | DW.DE | 23.10.2013: "There are several ways the money can be spent to fight youth unemployment. For example, it can be used to subsidize employee wages or social-security costs. Start-up entrepreneurs could be supported with credits and consultation. Or the money could be invested in better vocational training, an area in which some countries are weak.
Here, Germany's highly regarded dual education and training system, in which apprentices continue their education while gaining hands-on experience, could serve as a model.
"We are trying to expand the dual system to companies with locations all over Europe," said Max Uebe, head of the European Commission's office for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. "We are trying to export this successful system into countries with no or little experience with it."

Fears over lack of skilled labour | Herald Scotland

Fears over lack of skilled labour | Herald Scotland: "A TALENT mismatch is ­hampering economic recovery because of a shortage of skilled labour to fill posts in key infrastructure projects, a leading employment agency has claimed.

Hays claims that for some ­engineering, construction and IT projects, it is having to look to Ireland and other European countries for applicants to fill jobs.

The new Queensferry Crossing, Edinburgh Trams and offshore and onshore renewables projects are said to be generating significant employment in engineering and IT, but it is claimed Scotland and the rest of the UK is suffering among the worst skills gaps in Europe.

The Hays Global Skill Index 2013 claims that, despite the economy coming out of recovery and job opportunities being created, there are still areas where skills are unavailable.

However, the Scottish ­Government claimed last night "impressive progress" was being made in the area and said youth employment levels were eighth out of 28 EU countries.

The company's report, The Great Skills Mismatch, claims the only countries in Europe facing a greater talent mismatch than the UK are economies badly affected by the eurozone crisis such as Spain, Portugal and Ireland."

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The curious case of European youth unemployment: an inconvenient truth

Youth on the move… but where to?
One last, but persisting, political contradiction is to be noted. Part of the Europe 2020 strategy is to promote ‘youth on the move’ and social inclusion. Let’s bring forth from the shadows Regulation No. 1408/71 on the freedom of movement for workers and equal social rights. Since 1971, workers’ mobility has formed part of the Union’s basic principles. Yet, embroiled in the political debate of social mobility, national governments such as the UK Coalition have recently launched proposals for reform on immigration control.
To top it all off, the worrying rise in anti-immigration discourse and the resurgence of far-right political parties, such as the French National Front or the Greek Golden Dawn, have constrained the debates into protectionist fetters. Prospects for migrant and youth labour markets today are six of one, half a dozen of the other. Xenophobia and racism put the EU project of workers’ ‘mobility’ or ‘immigration’ – in whichever way politicians decide to label it – under vehement pressure and unsafe waters. What is clear is that the situation plays into the hands of radical parties.

Keep calm and…browse
So what next? The onus is on both sides. Recruiters and new graduate to new graduate. Firstly, let’s face the facts: European universities need to increase their competitive output. The Economist stated that, in 2011, only 2 European universities – the traditional Oxbridge tandem – were ranked among the world’s top 10 universities. A complete overhaul of university criteria and educational systems is needed. Secondly, a tailor-made labour market must be created. Positive economists assert that economic recovery is under way. Fantastic news. Now such hope should give adequate momentum for young cutting-edge entrepreneurs to kick off their start-ups. Likewise, the mushrooming of speculative bonds in the financial market should be an opportunity for companies to invest a greater amount in youth working potential.
I remain quite sceptical about the latest craze on ‘voluntary work’ or the ‘work for free’ approach. Androulla Vassiliou, member of the European Commission responsible for Education and Youth, calls for ‘increased opportunities for volunteering, youth exchanges and other forms of participation for young people’. Surely Ms Vassiliou could better justify her Commissioner’s salary with more elaborate options for young hard workers?
The emergence of new projects, such as the Youth Mentoring and Apprenticeship Programme, is encouraging companies to invest in Mentoring and Apprenticeship (M&A). The Commission plans to grant professional cards to specific professionals in order to increase the mobility of EU workers across the Union, notably among nurses and engineers. National schemes are pushed forward too. In the UK, eight core cities agreed to sign the Youth Contract, enabling local young employees to enter into local businesses. However ambitious and honourable these projects may look, they remain at an embryonic stage.
Last but not least, while it is true that young job seekers remain at the mercy of a dysfunctional technocratic elite, it is also certain that youth has stagnated in a self-complacent pessimism. Budding job seekers will need to adapt, and acknowledge that the digitalisation of all professions and the spread of social media have become the high yield nerve centre of growth. They should orientate their job-hunting accordingly and target those winning industries. I, for one, should formulate career backup plans, remain plugged in and browse the varying opportunities that are on offer.

ip of the iceberg…
To this day, no European leader has convincingly articulated concrete measures for fear of losing office. A crisis of democratic legitimacy and a leadership vacuum are impeding any fast-track solutions. Most national governments across the EU are battling voters’ general disenchantment with the political class. Yet, “the beginning of every government starts with the education of our youth”. Were Pythagoras still alive, he could certainly teach this to some of our European political leaders today.

Source: The curious case of European youth unemployment: an inconvenient truth - The World Outline | The World Outline