Employment

11 September 2018

Be your own boss: Entrepreneurship and the EU

(From ec.europa.eu ) The crisis in Europe has highlighted the importance of self-employment as an opportunity for those without work. This is especially true in EU Member States that have been most affected by the economic crisis and where traditional jobs are in short supply. A new business may create jobs for others, lead to new skills, and may even give unemployed and vulnerable people a chance to contribute to society and the economy. With this in mind, the European Commission’s support strategy for entrepreneurship and self-employment has three focal points. Start-ups by the unemployed...
24 July 2018

Europe offers tourism job opportunities all year round

(From ec.europa.eu ) There are many tourism opportunities across the EU, from coastal and mountain destinations to popular cities. The sector supports 25 million jobs directly and indirectly in Europe. It’s the largest employer of young people, migrants, part-time workers and women, as pointed out by the European Commission and the International Labour Organization (ILO) . Requiring varying degrees of skills, tourism offers such workers a quick entry and/or re-entry route into the workforce. According to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency...
17 July 2018

How can I turn my internship into a full-time job?

(From ec.europa.eu ) There are many benefits to an internship or apprenticeship, but if you’re hoping that it will lead to a full-time job with the employer, you need to start thinking like an employee. Set clear goals When you apply for an internship, you will have personal and professional goals. But it’s worth creating some targets based on the company’s needs, too. So, in the initial conversations with your supervisor, don’t be afraid to ask exactly what will be expected of you, and turn this information into a “task list” for the duration of your stay. Having clear goals will give you...
10 July 2018

The flex factor: temporary contracts on the rise in the Netherlands

(From ec.europa.eu ) In the Netherlands, ‘flexwerk’ refers to work carried out under a flexible employment contract. The hours and the place of work depend on the employer’s need and may vary from week to week and season to season. More than a third of employees work on a flexible basis, a quarter of them under a temporary contract. Private employment agencies play an important role in matching employers with suitable jobseekers. “During an economic crisis in the 1980s, flexible working became a chance for mainly young unemployed people to find work,” explains EURES National Adviser Mathilde...
29 October 2018

Youth Guarantee – two new reports focus on vulnerable groups, employment and entrepreneurship

The two reports highlight concrete practices on key aspects of the Youth Guarantee – activation measures for vulnerable groups of young people, and employment offers. Both reports build on experience from the ground, following five years of Youth Guarante...
07 August 2018

EUR 15 million of EU financing for micro-entrepreneurs in Latvia

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and ALTUM, a state-owned development institution of Latvia, have signed a microfinance guarantee agreement under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

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