Launch of European Alliance for Apprenticeships

The Alliance will help to fight youth unemployment by improving the quality and supply of apprenticeships across the EU through a broad partnership of key employment and education stakeholders. It also seeks to change attitudes to apprenticeships. It will in particular identify the most successful apprenticeship schemes in the EU and apply appropriate solutions in each Member State.

Countries with strong vocational education and training (VET) systems, such as Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and Austria, tend to have less youth unemployment.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-634_en.htm

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European Commission – Press release Country-specific recommendations 2015: Further efforts needed to support a robust recovery

Further policy is needed to return to self-sustaining growth. The European Commission today adopted country-specific economic policy recommendations for 2015 and 2016 asking for national actions to create jobs and stimulate growth.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4975_en.htm

Eurofound yearbook 2014: Living and working in Europe

Eurofound in 2014 expanded its evidence base on the repercussions of the crisis on the living and working conditions of Europeans, and offered guidance on viable options available to policymakers in their efforts to turn Europe around. The Agency produced new knowledge in some of the areas of most immediate concern to Europeans and in fields crucial to their long-term prosperity. Its reporting of recent employment trends highlighted where in the economy most job creation and job loss has occurred and suggested where investment in future growth is best directed.

http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/annual-report/2015/eurofound-yearbook-2014-living-and-working-in-europe

Adriatic Oil Drilling and the Great Jobs Myth By Clean Adriatic Sea Alliance

Recently Barbara Dorić stated that the contractors for the oil exploration and exploitation will be giving preference to hiring a ‘local workforce’. The truth (the actual contracts) state that job preferences is to be given to EU and Croatian workers, same for any required equipment.

So what jobs will be available for 20% of Croatia’s unemployed population, or 50% of the unemployed youth? None sadly.

http://www.croatiaweek.com/adriatic-oil-drilling-and-the-great-jobs-myth/

Italian prime minister shakes up jobs market

To change this, the Prime Minister wants to make it easier to hire and fire workers, cut the number of temporary contracts and extend jobless benefits to more people, which he said would also help attract investment.

Staunch opposition

While many details remain vague, Renzi’s proposed reform plans have already pitted many members of his own Democratic Party against him and angered trade unions.

Critics claim that watering down employment protection rights would pull the rug from under new entries to an already wobbly job market.

US – Reducing unemployment POSTED BY MICHEL COURNOYER

Long-term unemployment accounts for a much bigger share of the total than usual. Millions who would like full-time jobs are having to work part time. And millions more have given up looking for work and are no longer part of the count.

First, the government should do more to help unemployed workers search for new jobs — and not just in the places where they already happen to live. Studies comparing policies in a range of industrialized countries find that job-search assistance — in the form of job-brokerage services, referrals to training programs and help with the costs of relocating — is good value for money. It makes a difference and it’s cheap.

Subsidies for training or retraining also make sense, so long as they’re carefully designed. This involves bigger outlays, but good training programs can pass the cost-effectiveness test.

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-07-21/u-s-unemployment-demands-new-ideas