Young people all over Europe are set to receive a boost to their careers, as the European Commission today announced it would advance funds dedicated to supporting under-25s get back into work or training. The issue of youth unemployment is high on the European agenda and investment of €1BN is to be directed to EU member states to support initiatives already in place - a decision welcomed by Alyn Smith, SNP Member of the European Parliament for Scotland.
“The Commission is echoing Scottish Government on youth employment commitment and while in itself it won’t solve the problem, prioritising job creation is at least a step in the right direction.
“This is positive news from Brussels today as the Commission is set to increase, by up to 30 times, the pre-financing member states receive to boost youth employment - reaching up to 650,000 young people and helping them get into work.
“We acknowledge the Commission’s efforts to strengthen Europe's competitiveness, stimulate investment and create jobs. Young people especially find it hard to enter the job market, which is why we need to focus on dedicated, continuous support for those with little or no work experience.
“All members of the EU have committed to the "Youth Guarantee", the programme which is set to provide young people under 25 with a quality job offer, an apprenticeship or training within four months of leaving school or losing a job. Today's announcement will help make that guarantee a reality.”