Promoting Youth Employment (PYE)
With record high youth unemployment rates across Europe, AER is taking concrete action to help young people gain access to work. The ‘Promoting Youth Employment’ (PYE) project aims to foster best practice and facilitate youth employment through the exchange of best practice at regional level. The project is supported by the European Union’s programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS 2007-2013. PYE brings together four regions – Azores (P), Hampshire (UK), Krapina Zagorje (HR) and Vojvodina (SRB) – to look at tried and tested methods which can boost employment prospects for young people at regional, local and national level. The AER peer review methodology has already been used successfully in fields including renewable energy, tourism and economic growth.
Transforming an economic downturn into an opportunity
If Europe is to achieve its headline targets of 75% of 20-64 year olds in employment by 2020, specific action is needed to help tackle rising levels of youth unemployment. The prospects of young workers have only been made worse by the economic recession. That is why AER came together with 4 of its Member Regions to develop innovative tools and policies at the regional level and effectively address the challenge of youth unemployment by undertaking an intensive programme of peer reviews and exchange.
What is the AER Peer Review?
AER developed a peer review methodology in order to allow regional authorities to assess and improve their performance in key areas of regional responsibility. Until now it has been implemented in such fields as alcohol policies, tourism, economy and renewable energies. It will now also prove useful in the area of youth policies in the AER member regions.
The AER Peer Review methodology is based on a multi-level bottom-up approach: it means that PYE will involve regional authorities, national and regional stakeholders playing a central role in youth employment as well as young people themselves. 4 five-day peer review visits in each partner region will enable an in-depth sharing and transfer of good-practice between European regions, focusing on 3 structural challenges in the field of youth employment: young people’s preparation for, transition to & stabilisation on the labour market.
Each Peer Review visit resulted in a tailor-made List of Recommendations drafted by international experts. These reports will led to 4 Regional Action Plans setting out specific policy recommendations to improve young people’s access to jobs in the region. The outcomes of the PYE will be presented to the wider public during its final conference on 26 June 2012 in Brussels.