AER was the lead partner of the Promoting Youth Employment project and involved the following four regions for testing methods boosting employment prospects for young people at regional, local and national level:
• Azores (P)
• Hampshire (UK)
• Krapina Zagorje (HR)
• Vojvodina (SRB).
AER was taking concrete action to help young people gain access to work. The PYE project aims to foster best practice and facilitate youth employment through the exchange of best practice at regional level.
AER developed a peer review methodology which was based on a multi-level bottom-up approach: regional authorities, national and regional stakeholders are involved, playing a central role in youth employment as well as young people themselves. 4 five-day visits were carried out in each partner region to enable exchange of good practices, focusing on young people’s preparation for, transition to & stabilisation on the labour market.
The project was co-financed by the European Commission through the European Union’s programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS 2007-2013. This financial instrument supports the implementation of the EU objectives in employment, social affairs and equal opportunities.
The Kick-off meeting of the project was organized by AER on 5th July 2011 and the project’s final conference on outcomes was held on 26 June 2012 in Brusssels.
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 AER’s role and how to get involved?
|The AER Peer Review methodology has been used successfully in other fields such as tourism, economic growth, renewable energy and alcohol prevention. Peer Review visits were undertaken in the field of youth employment by this project. List of Recommendations for each regions involved were drafted by experts, which led to 4 Regional Action Plans setting out specific policy recommendations to improve young people’s access to jobs.|
|The project was awarded in 2011 with reference number of VP/2010/005/0038 under the PROGRESS Programme.|
- Introduction of PYE – Brussels, 05 July 2011
- The first Peer Review – Novi Sad, Vojvodina (SRB), 14 September 2011
- The second Peer Review – Ponta Delgada, Açores (P), 21 November 2011
- The third Peer Review – Krapina Zagorje (HR), 31 January 2012
- Final Peer Review to promote quality education and jobs for youth – Hampshire (UK), 02 April 2012
- Why are Regions the best candidates to tackle youth unemployment? Conference – 27 June 2012
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