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Theme group Youth is one of five theme groups within the social fund in Sweden during the program period 2007-2013.


Focus lies on youth projects within OP1 as well as OP2. Theme Group Youth is composed of a steering group with representatives from several actors. Read more » 


Theme Group Youth meets DG Employment, social affairs and Inclusion in Brussels

Theme Group Youth were invited to meet civil servants working in so called geographical desks at DG Employment (Nov 22nd )and the team working with the Swedish realization of EU2020 (Nov 23rd). The objectives were to learn from the experience of Swedish ESF youth projects carried out in Theme Group Youth.


We presented an overview of the current situation in Sweden for young people in the labour market and in employment and we presented our reports Young people not in education or employment - who are they and what are they doing?, It pays off and Young people outside the labour market.

We also reported from our latest project survey (there will be a report shortly). A majority of the projects running are coordinated by local authorities. 70 per cent report structural hinders that hinders effective work methods. 50 per cent reports that the co-financing model in Sweden excludes early school leavers to participate.
On this followed a discussion about why Sweden has a higher youth unemployment than other comparable countries in Europe.




Theme Group Youth visited the Nuon / Vattenfall in

Amsterdam in order to learn how they work with unemployed youth

Through Nuon / Vattenfall Community Investments Programs Nuon started a programme Step2work in 2006 in response to increasing youth unemployment.

The aim of the programme Step2work is to integrate long-term unemployed youth without education into the employment market by way of work experience positions. Step2work has created 200 work experience positions up tu June 2011, whereby 50 per cent of the participants have been able to find work, half of them within Nuon.

Beoynd vocational training and education within the programme young people are trained to give energy saving advice to private households.

Read more on: http://www.nuon.com/csr/







Download our latest reports




Young people not in employment or education
- how many are they and what are they doing?


It pays off
- an analysis of the socioeconomic potential of 28 labour


Young people outside the labour market
- a socioeconomic discussion


Off to a Good Start?

Jobs for Youth (OECD December 2010) says that young people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as the average worker. Yet few governments are taking proactive steps to boost youth employment.


Youth unemployment rates in the OECD area are expected to remain at around 18 per cent in 2011 and 17 per cent in 2012. This is more than double the total unemployment rate, which stood at 8.6 per cent in October 2010. - The global economy is recovering but youth unemployment is getting worse, according to a new OECD report.

How does the OECD think we should tackle it? Well, the OECD says that governments must prioritize policies that have produced cost-effective results in other countries. Targeting young people most at risk - including youths who leave school without a qualification, come from immigrant backgrounds or live in disadvantaged areas - is key.
Governments should according to OECD:

• Move towards early intervention programmes and effective job-search assistance for different groups of youth, such as in Denmark, the Netherlands and Japan.

• Strengthen apprenticeship and other dual vocational training programmes for low-skilled youth, as traditionally done in Austria, Germany and Switzerland and scaled up in Australia and in France.

• Encourage firms to hire youth, by offering temporary subsidies targeting low-skilled youth and those have completed their apprenticeship, as well as small and medium-sized firms.

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Commission launches action plan to reduce early school leaving 

More than six million young people in the EU leave education and training with lower secondary level qualifications at best. They face severe difficulties in finding work, are more often unemployed and more often dependent on welfare benefits.

Early school leaving hampers economic and social development and is a serious obstacle to the European Union's goal of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The Commission today approved an action plan that will help Member States to achieve the Europe 2020 headline target of reducing the EU average rate of early school leavers to under 10%, from the current level of 14.4%, by the end of the decade.


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Finnish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers' to continue fight against youth un-employment 

The Finnish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers' wants to spend 2011 to focus on global cooperation, border cooperation, youth, the future needs for labour market competence, extended careers and the prevention of accidents in the workplace.


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Youth on the Move - 5 millions unemployed, time for action!


Young people have been hit particularly hard by the recent social and economic crisis.
Youth on the Move aims to increase their chances of finding a job by enhancing student and trainee mobility and improving the quality and attractiveness of education and training in Europe.

Youth on the Move is part of  Europe 2020, the EU's plan for how Europe will emerge from the social and economic crisis.


Read more here: Youth on the Move 


Theme Group Youth


In the course of five years, the European Social Fund (ESF) will financially support several hundreds of proj-ects to help young people go from unemployment to employment or to improve their skills. The main idea behind this website is to present clever techniques and ideas that have been put to good use in these projects and to pass them on.


Theme Group Youth will continuously provide data on youth group size and conditions, checked for equal distribution with regard to gender, foreign or Swedish background, region of residence or other relevant categories for the young people in these projects.

The primary target groups of Theme Group Youth
Projects and decision-makers at all levels who mostly work with young people as well another groups of young people, i.e., those with disabilities and young immigrants, along with other age groups, in areas such as education, employment and social policy.


EU 2020

A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth


At the moment there is ongoing discussions on the common employment strategy in the EU. The European Commission proposal gives priority to three areas;

Smart growth - developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation.

Sustainable growth - promoting resource efficient, greener and competitive economy.

Growth for all - to stimulate an economy with high employment and economic, social and territorial cohesion


Read more here





Meet us at The European Employment Forum in Brussel 22-23 November 2011. (showcase number 3)