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"I cannot and will not accept that Europe is and remains the continent of youth unemployment. I cannot and will not accept that the millennials, Generation Y, might be the first generation in 70 years to be poorer than their parents.[…] We will continue to roll out the Youth Guarantee across Europe, improving the skillset of Europeans and reaching out to the regions and young people most in need." 
                                                                                      - European Commission President Juncker, 2016 State of the Union Address.
Fighting youth unemployment is a top priority for the EU. Promoting employment is a matter of common concern, shared by all Member States, and the Commission supports their effort through a range of policies and actions.
To this end, the EU Youth Guarantee and the Youth Employment Initiative were launched three years ago. Since 2013, there are now 1.4 million less young unemployed in the EU, and 900,000 less young people not in employment, education or training. These trends suggest that the Youth Guarantee, backed up by the Youth Employment Initiative, has helped make a difference on the ground. Around 9 million young people took up an offer, the majority of which were offers of employment.
To ensure a full and sustainable implementation of the Youth Guarantee and to roll it out in the regions which need it most, the Commission recently proposed to add an extra €2 billion to continue rolling out the Youth Guarantee across Europe and support an additional 1 million young people by 2020.

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ESF.01.002 - Youth Guarantee 2.0
Lack of experience, skills and connections make young people in the labour market vulnerable, and ultimately at a competitive disadvantage.
In the local context, NEETs are generally youths who are not in education, employment or training, but can be categorised into the following subgroups: single parents, persons with disability, long-term registered unemployed, and the unregistered unemployed.
This demographic is at risk of social exclusion or of becoming long-term unemployed. Most are not actively looking for employment, and as a result, the limited skills acquired deteriorate quickly. These youths tend to lack suitable preparation for the world of work, such as a structured CV that enables them to match their skills and experience to future employment and/or educational opportunities. In many cases, the lack of adequate skills is combined with challenging backgrounds, which makes it increasingly difficult for these youths to enter and remain in the job market.
The Youth Guarantee scheme provides NEETs with opportunities for education, training and personal assistance, thereby facilitating their transition from education to gainful employment, and consequently improving their quality of life and social integration. In collaboration with professional psychologists and youth workers, the Youth Guarantee additionally offers personalised assistance to all NEETs to help them overcome difficulties during their respective programmes, as well as during the period of work exposure.
For general queries concerning the Malta Youth Guarantee and its initiatives, please contact us​.