Reinforcing the Youth Guarantee is high on the agenda of the new European Commission. It is part of the Commission Work Programme for 2020. The initiative has been announced in the Communication "A Strong Social Europe for Just Transitions" of 14 January 2020. The aim of reinforcing the Youth Guarantee is to address the identified challenges in its implementation in 2014-2020 and to bring the common framework more up to date.
On 2 March, DG EMPL has organised a targeted consultation aiming to collect views of the stakeholders on the possible areas which could be reinforced in the existing Youth Guarantee.
EUROCITIES has put together a technical report to showcase the role of cities in implementing the Youth Guarantee 2014-2020 programme and what is needed to further support them to deliver youth guarantee schemes.
The technical report shows that many cities have used the Youth Guarantee 2014-2020 with positive results. The programme has enabled the experimentation of ideas to address youth unemployment and it mostly had a positive effect on the pre-exiting measures. Cities used Youth Guarantee for tailored measures to fight youth unemployment, strengthen the integrated approach among employment, education and social services, and improve the cooperation between local stakeholders (e.g. education providers, employers, businesses, NGOs etc.).
The paper includes also a compilation of practices from local level on different services provided by cities, like:
- developing information and awareness raising activities
- strengthening partnerships between local actors such as NGOs, private sector and VET agencies.
- coordinating and integrating different services and initiatives at city level aimed at providing tailored measures (including coaching & job placement).
- establishing new working methods based on cooperation between city bodies and services and concentration of resources.
- enforcing outreach strategies towards young people and registration schemes for early-school leavers.
- providing personalised guidance and counselling services to support the transition from school to work or further education.
- coordinating the local employment strategies with Youth Guarantee programme.
In other to further deliver youth guarantee schemes, cities have highlighted that:
1. Youth Guarantee’s resources for training, skills development and the social inclusion of young people must better target cities’ needs and should be used to capitalise on cities’ potential to address youth unemployment. The managing authorities should involve cities in shaping the priorities of operational programmes and in the subsequent strategic management of the funds. Involving cities in the design of these policies would maximise the local potential and making Youth Guarantee schemes more inclusive.
2. Youth Employment Initiative funds should be made directly available to cities for use in deprived areas where rates of youth unemployment are significantly higher than regional and national averages. Some cities are responsible for the Youth Guarantee but lack the resources to implement it and do not have direct access to the funds.
3. The European institutions and member states must work in partnership with cities to define, implement and evaluate youth employment policies and programmes. The level of cooperation between cities and other government levels on youth unemployment policies, and particularly the Youth Guarantee, is rather low. Cities cannot do it alone; a genuine partnership with national government is necessary to achieve better policy results.
Please find below EUROCITIES lessons learnt and the recommendations to reinforcing Youth Guarantee.