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- How can the European Union and the member states multiply investments to boost jobs for the young?

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We, young people, face the most trouble entering the world of work. Youth unemployment is higher than seasonned workers unenployment, but it is even more important in the working-class areas. And once we reach our Holy Grail, the much-touted contract that opens up the world of work, we often face instability and precariousness. Too often our first steps in the world of work are marked by a daily struggle for survival, leaving us no possibility to bring our life plans to reality. For me, work is a source of fulfilment, stability and protection against the struggles of life. We have to work to allow us to build our life plans (starting a family, building a personal and/or professional project, etc...). We develop real values as we work : the love of a job well done and a sense of teamwork. I would like every young person to be able to freely build a future. For me, every action to bring down unemployment has to be accompanied by a global reflection on the world of work involving every one of us. Young people who are unemployed are « deprived of work », cause thay are deprived of a fundamental right : access to dignified employment. We have to take action to fight mass unemployment and put human dignity back at the core of our society. To do that, I propose to put people back at the centre, overcoming difficulties, without exclusion, including people with disabilities, with any form of adapting work be strengthened in compliance with human dignity while also taking into account the diversity of workers and the discriminations they suffer. I propose a better recognition of youngsters’ assets starting from their first professional experience and to forbidden psychological pressure on the worker aiming to increase production speed at all cost. I propose to allow young people to build a fulfilling career path by letting them discover professions from secondary school onwards in order to facilitate their professional integration, and with a real support for every youngster by school orientation professionals. It is also essential to get that a training course in labour law from secondary school onwards.

Votes: 101

In my opinion, in addition to actions that deal with the immediate problem of youth employment, it would be useful to start investing in actions that look to the future. I refer in particular to the education of young people, starting when they are children. What do I mean? Traditional school systems are based on mostly frontal learning, which in the long run runs the risk of turning children into robots that execute orders. What does this cause? Young people who once finished their studies no longer receive orders and find themselves lost in the big world that is life. Adults who are concerned with solving the problem of youth unemployment, exactly a problem of young people. So what to do? Investing in educational research and teacher training to develop, improve and put into practice educational methodologies that foster the leadership and responsibility of young people in their professional life. Would not it be great to see young politicians and young entrepreneurs set in motion the company and the economy?

Votes: 123

I guess a good idea would be to adapt local laws to the opportunities for NEETs founded by the EU. For example, in my hometown a young person who is registered as an unemployed cannot participate in projects founded by the EU (like for instance paid traineeships in the Netherlands, IT training etc.). This is ridiculous. Perhaps it would also be nice if the EU provided graduates (not only those under 25yo, some of us graduate at the age of 26-27) with some kind of a traineeships related with their studies. Every year so many people apply for EC, EP, CoR traineeships and it actually works! Those who finalize traineeships in the EU bodies have better chances to find a job within the following year. Would it be so hard to involve more public institutions providing students with let's say 3- or 6-month of hands-on experience? I mean, many of us apply to our local institutions. But I guess it would be better if we could also improve our mobility at the same time. I know some institutions offer EVS that way. But I assure you, that a Volunteer doesn't look quite good in a CV :) A trainee would be much better.

Votes: 115

Pay your interns. Pay your interns. Pay your interns. Pay your interns.

Votes: 167

Creating a central agency which would serve to coordinate the connection of young professionals with labour market across the Europe. In the same time, it can serve as a mechanism of control against abuses of private employers who do not pay young people conform the legal rules of employment.
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Votes: 68

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At first, I believe the idea should be brought by the companies. If there would be more part-time office jobs offered alongside studies - it could be beneficial for both students, getting their first relevant experience and salaries, and firms, establishing networks with universities and recruiting potential employees from the young age. EU is doing good job with Erasmus traineeships and job placements, so these projects should definitely be developed further.

Votes: 253

That is real question, which EU should think about. * There could be some information of what position will be in demand in future. * There could be push for higher minimal wage increase. * There could be help for people who want to requalify. * There need to be fight with poverty, since poverty prevents from reaching education level. * We need to accept that proffesion will change over life, sometimes in dramatic way. And system need to support that.

Votes: 247