Piloting Youth Guarantee partnerships on the ground
At the request of the European Parliament, the European Commission directly managed 18 small scale pilot projects in 7 Member States to test local partnerships for Youth Guarantee schemes (EP Preparatory Action). The final report “Piloting Youth Guarantee partnerships on the ground” is now available. It is accompanied by six case studies on crucial aspects of implementing Youth Guarantee in practice, such as effective outreach strategies or employer engagement. According to the final assessment, the Preparatory Action directly involved 3,300 young people mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds, aiming to support their transition to positive post-school outcomes or helping them to access employment. It led to a positive outcome for the vast majority of participants. Countries will be able to draw on the identified strengths and weaknesses of the pilots for further developing their national Youth Guarantee schemes. For example, the pilot projects showed the Youth Guarantee is not a one-off reform or a quick fix – instead, it should be seen as a process to review and continuously improve the way in which employment and youth services are delivered.