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4. Social Inclusion

4.7 Youth work to foster social inclusion

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Main inclusive Youth-Work programmes and target groups


According to the Youth Guarantee Action Plan, the act "Special Employment Inclusion Actions for Young People with Disabilities Aged 18–29" was announced. The budget is 27,123,000 euros. The act, in terms of integrated intervention and individualised approach, contributes to the promotion of the professional and, consequently, social integration of people with disabilities aged 18–29. The act as a whole is supported by five (5) different sub-projects that are interconnected. Their goal is the smooth and effective integration of the beneficiaries into the world of work. The programme aims to create the right conditions in order to give the target group the opportunity to gain vocational training and work experience, which will facilitate their integration into the world of work.

Moreover, according to the National Strategy for Social Inclusion 2018, there were planned several actions for the acquisition of work experience of young people 18 to 24 years old, NEETs (Not in Education, Employment, or Training).

The actions were part of the Action Plan "Guarantee for Youth", using the resources of the Initiative for Youth Employment and were the main axis of intervention, to curb unemployment of young people aged 18 to 24 who are out of work, education, or training (NEETs), as well as promote their employability by reducing the transition time from education to the labour market. In this context, the following types of interventions were designed to be implemented:

 -Employment programme for the unemployed, aged 18 to 24, who are outside work structures, education, or training (NEETs), through the subsidy of wage or non-wage costs to employers or private sector companies, to create new jobs.

 - Work Experience Acquisition Programme, lasting 4 months, with the aim of gaining work experience and creating new jobs. In the context of this intervention, special inclusion actions were developed for young people with disabilities in order to enhance the employability of people with special difficulties and a greater risk of social exclusion.

-Financial aid for entrance into the labour market, to gain first professional experience, with the aim of reducing the transition time from education to the labour market. In this context was included the forward action "Entry Check for Young People from 18 to 24 Years in private companies, for gaining Work Experience", budget €43,200,000 for 12,000 beneficiaries. The purpose of the action was to facilitate the entry into the labour market of newly unemployed young people by placing them in internships offered by private sector companies in all sectors of the economy. It included a comprehensive set of interventions, which concern the theoretical training of the beneficiaries in mainly horizontal skills, an internship of 107 in private sector companies; and services of support and counselling for the beneficiaries throughout the internship.

Beneficiaries: Unemployed aged 18-24, out of work, education or training (NEETs)

Stakeholders: Public Service of Employment (former O.A.E.D.), Special Service for the Implementation of Co-financed Actions by the European Social Fund

Sources of funding: Youth Employment Initiative, State Budget