3.11 Current debates and reforms
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In December 2022 the new Programme for Employment and Education, funded by the European Social Fund+ was approved by the European Commission. Priority 2 of the Programme – Capitalising on the potential of young people on the labor market (Employment among young people) has a budget of almost 880 million Euros and will support the following types of actions:
- Development of a youth network to provide personalised and quality services to young people, especially NEETs though (a) partnerships with the Public Employment Services and providers of youth services (as youth centres), (b) supporting mobile mixed teams (with youth workers and professionals in employment services), (c) providing young people with information and counselling; (d) supporting youth centres and clubs to provide employment services and services to prevent the NEET situation; (e) training youth workers to provide support;
- Preparing and providing training/employment services for young people, including NEET young people, through integrated packages of active measures customised according to the profile of young people, including: training, skills assessment, employment premiums, apprenticeships, internships, customised schemes of guidance or accompaniment;
- Activating the entrepreneurial potential of young people by training entrepreneurial skills, grants for young people's start-ups, post-establishment assistance;
- The development of social insertion enterprises to support young people, with an emphasis on NEET young people.
Projects funded by the new Programme for Employment and Education are expected to start by the end of 2023.
No information on ongoing debates and reforms on the field of youth employment and entrepreneurship is available.