Monday, 29 October 2012

NEETS: Young people not in employment, education or training: Characteristics, costs and policy responses in Europe

a report (Ref: ef1254) by Massimiliano Mascherini, Lidia Salvatore, Anja Meierkord and Jean-Marie Jungblut (Eurofound1) from Publications Office of the European Union, 2012, pubslihed 22 October

The economic crisis has severely damaged the employment prospects of young people in Europe, and their employment rate is now at the lowest level ever. To better capture the extent of economic inactivity among the young, the concept of NEET – not in employment, education or training – has been developed.

This report analyses the labour market situation of young people in Europe, with a specific focus on the NEET group. It examines the determinants of belonging to the NEET group, and measures the economic and social costs of NEETs.

It also assesses how Member States through policies and interventions have sought to support young people to gain a foothold in the labour market. It shows that successful policy initiatives address specific, disadvantaged subgroups in the NEET population. They are client-centred in their efforts to set young people on a pathway to long-term, sustainable employment and they are innovative, adopting new ways of reaching a target group.

1The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is a tripartite EU body, whose role is to provide key actors in social policy-making with findings, knowledge and advice drawn from comparative research.

Full report (PDF 171pp)

Summary (Ref: ef12541) (PDF 2pp)

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