Youth Employment Initiative: Commission adopts first programme with France to use €620 million to tackle unemployment

2 June 2014

The European Commission has adopted the first Operational Programme with France to use the available funding from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to tackle youth unemployment. France will receive €620 million from the YEI and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) to find a job, in those regions with youth unemployment rates over 25 per cent.

The first programme adopted in the EU for this €6 billion initiative covering 20 Member States will support different actions to help those young people with worse chances in the labour market, for example by counselling and training the less-skilled. Other support will include enabling mobility of apprentices at regional, national and in some cases cross-border level; helping to prevent early school-leaving and better identify young NEETS, and giving a second chance to those who left school without any diploma or qualification to set a foot on the labour market through work experience or traineeships.

Public Employment Services will be expected to help to achieve these aims and this operational programme will be an opportunity to improve their outreach to young NEETs.

There are around one million young people are currently out of employment, education or training in France and it is hoped that the programme will “directly benefit” them.