Eurofound News April 2011
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Youth unemployment - closing the gap
Youth unemployment has long been a problem for most EU Member States. The recession has exacerbated the situation, as those young people who have jobs are often the first to lose them and those seeking employment are struggling to find it; even if they do find jobs, it is often under precarious, non-standard working conditions.
A new report from Eurofound looks at efforts to improve the situation. It finds that national governments have taken the lead in many countries in this regard - for example, by providing more apprenticeships and vocational training, particularly for low-skilled youth and young immigrants and establishing second-chance learning opportunities for school drop-outs. However, during times of reduced state spending and economic decline, this can lead to tensions around the aim of keeping older people in work for longer.