Youth on the move

The European commission has a goal to create more jobs by 2020. One of the main focuses is to create job possibilities and make it easier for youth to enter the labour market. There for the EU has created an initiative call “Youth on the move”. Youth unemployment is around 21% of the labour force, and to achieve the goal of 75% of employment between 20-64 years old something drastically needs to be done.

By 2020 the requirement of employees will increase in the next years, and in 2020 more than 35% of all jobs will require an high level education (today around 29%). However this is lower than countries like Japan (50%) and USA (40%). Today many young are leaving after the secondary school and they are more likely to end up as unemployed, inactive, or poor than people with an higher education. More than 14,4% of the population in the EU have less than upper school education and are not in further education or training. One of the aims of euro 2020 is to reduce this percentage to 10%..

To achieve these goals, youth on the move will focus on four main actions:

–          The learning process needs to be improved in all levels, and the youth on the move will encourage member states to improve their programs for informal and non-formal education. By attending seminars, courses and etc. You can still educate yourself through these when you are done with your education.

–          Get more young people in the higher system education to be competitive with the rest of the world is another main point for Youth on the move. The initiative will do higher education in Europe more attractive for European and for foreigner students from other part of the world.  By ensure high quality, modernization and new reforms Youth on the move hope to improve the higher education system.

–          Youth on the move will lay the foundation for that every young person has the possibility to study some parts of their higher education abroad. As a tool they have made a website informing the youth about their possibilities when it comes to study and working abroad.

–           Youth on the move has presented a framework to improve the situation both on a national and EU level. This is to make it easier the transaction from the schools and into working, by having a job placement, training programs and other follow up actions which may help the young people get access to labour market.  Youth on the move will encourage for a monitoring system for people who are unemployed, not working nor in the education system.

So what do you think about this imitative?

http://ec.europa.eu/youthonthemove/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/education/yom/com_en.pdf

3 thoughts on “Youth on the move

  1. I personally think that the „Youth on the Move“- project is definitely necessary and will encourage young people to not drop out from school early and also to do some higher-education studies. Also job placements and training programs outside schools and universities will help them to achieve a higher educational level and thus the risk of becoming unemployed will decline. Education today is more important than ever. We are a very skill-focused society and globalization makes the international labour market even to a more competitive market than it used to be years ago. Especially bigger companies and businesses can select their future employees from a very big and international candidate pool. The higher and better your education the more likely it is to get into the next round of the application process and will help you to actually get the job you applied for.

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  2. The idea of “Youth on the move” sounds great. However, as always one point is missing: money. Europe, or at least parts of Europe, is still in crises and as we all know the first areas where expenses are cut are expenses in the social area and, of course, for education. And not only the investments in education are cut, but also fees for studying increase. One example is United Kingdom. During the last years they triplicated the fees for studies and Spain is thinking about raising the fees as well. This is a step in the completely different direction “Youth on the move” is campaigning for. If education is getting more expensive, less people, especially parents, are able to finance at least three years of studies. Perhaps the project will make people think about continuing school or university, but if they don’t have the money to finance it, they will, after all, just think about it, but never take action.

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