URGENT: OPEN CALL for PARTICIPANTS// Training course on ADVOCACY in Portugal

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Please find attached an open call for participants for a training course on advocacy that will take place in Portugal in October. The Youth UnEmployment project of AEGEE is partner of the training and can send 2 participants from France.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if interested! If you want to know more about advocacy strategies and processes, in a multicultural setting, using non-formal education methods, this is the training for YOU !

More info here and here

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Press Release:European leaders should meet young people’s youth employment expectations

The European Youth Forum has today issued a Press Release ahead of the European Council meeting tomorrow and on 28 June, calling for European leaders to meet young people’s employment expectations.
We urge the European Council to take coordinated action and ensure concrete European, national and regional investment to guarantee quality jobs for young people,  through implementing an efficient Youth Guarantee, fighting in-work precariousness as well as committing to adopting quality frameworks on internships and apprenticeships.
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EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review

The latest EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review has been published.

The Review highlights that the number of jobs is at an all time low since the onset of the crisis. Youth unemployment continues to rise in countries such as Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus and Slovenia, and in April 2013 stood at 23.5% in the EU27.
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Very important meetings

There will be two importnat meetings concerning youth employment in the coming weeks.
On the 20th of June Employment and Social Affairs Ministers will meet in Luxembourg regarding youth employment and the youth guarantee, for more information on this see:
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Youth Forum Interview with Europarl TV

Following the YO! Fest the Youth Forum’s Secretary General, Giuseppe Porcaro, did an in-depth interview with Europarl TV on young people and Europe.
The first part of the interview focuses on youth participation and the European elections next year, the second part focuses on youth employment. Particularly the youth guarantee and the need to invest further in the scheme
You can watch the interview at the following link:
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Research study “The Impact of Non-Formal Education in youth organisations on Young People’s Employability”

Following the launch of the study last October, we are pleased to share with you the links to the online final version of the full report as well as the executive summary.

The study is available in English and Spanish (kindly translated by the Spanish Youth Council).

The Study is a valuable advocacy tool for the recognition of non-formal education and the skills developed by young people in this setting; it also reinforces the key role that youth organisations play as providers of quality non-formal education.

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A story from Norway

Read the article from the Nordic Labour Journal here

Bjarne Brøndbo, the employer who didn’t say no after the first attempt

He stood there with his cigaret behind his ear, asking: Bjarne, where can I smoke? “That was the first thing he said to me,” says employer Bjarne Brøndbo. After a few hours he was ready to give up on the school dropout. He called the Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) and said he didn’t think it would work. Give him one more chance, said Randi Nyheim Aglen from the youth team. That was the beginning of a good story. What happened?

May 22, 2013 | Text: Berit Kvam, Photo: Martin Hågensen

Bjarne Brøndbo, entrepreneur and head of car breakers and online car spares company Bil1Din.no gave the 17 year old one more week. He took him into his office and told him:

“I understand that you have no work experience. If you are to stay here I expect things from you. Let’s start with two things: you will be in work every day. The working day starts at eight in the morning. You must be here a little bit before so you are ready to start work at eight o’clock sharp, and you will work until four o’clock. And second: you will not have your hands in your pockets. These are your tasks for the first week. If you manage that we have come very far.”

That was the clear message from the employer, but the ten workers at the small car spares company had to back the move.

“Thanks to my not particularly skeptical workers who were willing to try this, he stayed with us for a while,” says Bjarne Brøndbo.

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Quality jobs: an article from EU Observer


Poor pay: the flipside of Germany’s low unemployment

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BERLIN – With its record-low unemployment (5.4%), Germany stands out among fellow eurozone countries such as France or Spain, suffering from sky-high jobless rates.

Part of Germany’s success is due to a series of reforms pushed through by the Social-Green government of former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder ten years ago, overhauling the labour market and welfare system.

He made it easier for companies to hire and fire, lowered taxes and limited social benefits. The Schroeder model is now viewed as a must-do for crisis-plagued EU countries in the south.

But the flipside of Germany’s high employment rate is low-paid and unstable jobs.

A debate in the German Bundes...

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European Youth Forum Policy Paper on Employment

The youth unemployment crisis has had a profound effect on young people and the societies in which they live. Youth unemployment is a global issue that threatens to undermine the very fabric of our society. More than 75 million young people are unemployed internationally and in Europe close to one in four young people are out of work.

As a result of growing youth unemployment, young people are experiencing increased levels of poverty and social exclusion, and there is a widening economic gap between older and younger generations.
In this Policy Paper, which is an update of the 2008 Policy Paper on Youth Employment, the Youth Forum identifies the main causes of youth unemployment, including: inequalities on the labour market, a lack of provision of services to young people, and the privatis...

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UK releases framework on new traineeship scheme

The UK last week released a government framework detailing a new traineeship scheme. Whilst the scheme has a strong emphasis on the quality of traineeships, and their educational purpose, the remuneration of trainees is not part of the scheme’s regulations:
“Employers are not required to pay young people for the work placement under the traineeship. Traineeships fall under an exemption to the National Minimum Wage. We would encourage, but do not require, employers to consider providing trainees with support to meet their travel or meal costs.” (p.23)
As outlined in the European Quality Charter on Internships and Apprenticeships, remuneration of trainees is a core element of quality internships in order to ensure that internships are equally accessible to all young people and are n...
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