MEPs ask for good quality traineeships to tackle youth unemployment
Today the European Parliament voted two separate Resolutions calling for measures to make it easier for young people to move to jobs or training, and requesting EU support and quality standards for traineeships and apprenticeships.
According to MEPs, “Youth guarantee” schemes (which aim to ensure that young people under 25 years old are offered a job, training, or a traineeship within four months of their becoming unemployed) should be extended to include graduates under 30 years old while recognising that such schemes alone will not suffice to reduce youth unemployment.
MEPs also stressed the need to tailor national education systems to labour market needs and called for better recognition of skills and aptitudes acquired outside formal education, e.g. through traineeships, volunteering, or social work.
In the debate, MEPs urged EU member states to remove all barriers to cross-border traineeships for young EU citizens. According to them, the EU should do more to support initiatives that multiply good-quality apprenticeship contracts and improve the mobility and employability of young people.
Furthermore, to discourage employers from exploiting young trainees, MEPs called on the EU to introduce quality standards for pay, working conditions and health and safety.
The Employment Committee Resolution was passed by 517 votes to 77, with 86 abstentions, and the Culture Committee one by 612 votes to 55, with 19 abstentions.