3. Employment & Entrepreneurship
The National Youth Work and Youth Policy Programme for the years 2020-2023 offers a summarised version of the actual government programme’s objectives related to youth employment. It is stated that ‘young people under the age of 25, and graduates under the age of 30 will be offered a place for work, a work placement, a study place, a place at a workshop, or rehabilitation placement no later than three months after registering as unemployed.’ And that: ‘the government will further youth guarantee based on the knowledge of experts. The One Stop-Guidance Centres are also going to be strengthened as well as youth workshops.’ All these aspects mentioned belong to the youth guarantee concept of Finland, see more in Youth Wiki/Finland 3.1 General context.
Youth employment has been strongly hit by the Covid-19 epidemic (see Government’s Information and advice on the coronavirus). The situation is going to better direction. Based on the Employment Bulletin February 2023 of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, unemployed jobseekers under the age of 25 numbered around 27 000, representing a decrease by 1 200 from February a year prior.