According to reports from the European Commission, unemployment in Europe affected
24.6 million people in August 2014. 5 million of these were only 15 to 24 years old.
Youth unemployment is without doubt a profound challenge for Europe’s future. According to Eurofound, the costs incurred by so called NEETs (young people who are not in education, employment or training) through necessary social measures and missed revenue from taxes, so far total 153 billion euros, and thus 1.21 % of the European GDP.
Further factors, albeit more difficult to define, are the affected individuals’ own attitudes to their NEET‐status and the existing individual circumstances, which mirror the inequality of opportunities within society.
Topics / Goals of the EVBB working group on the subject of NEETs could be – detailed content will be set down at the first meeting:
- Discussion and formulation of innovative concept ideas und recommendations for measures to reduce the percentage of early school leavers (intersection education/employment) under consideration of the previously presented factors of NEET‐risk.
- Analysis, discussion and further development of best practice examples from different European countries and transfer‐concepts and ideas in other European countries.
- Development of a catalogue of measures for (new/country specific) target groups in NEET (1. migrant generation, mothers with further education interests or requirements, apprenticeship graduates in agriculture,…).
- Discussion and (further) development of concepts for measures which address the individual needs of young people, are low‐threshold, comprehensive and flexible, are implemented in time and have a lasting impact.
- Development of project concepts to be submitted to European programmes (interreg; Erasmus plus).
Meetings to take place 3 times in the period summer 2015 to summer 2016 in Linz (2 days each) in English
Kick‐off meeting summer 2015 (Nomination of participants until 31. May to: sabine.stelllnberger@bfi‐ooe.at)
Travel and accommodation costs to be carried by the participants or their organisations Working group leader: Petra Drews‐Milalkovits