Inclusive Growth

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...
03 July 2018

Young Spanish nurse pursues her dream in Germany

(From ec.europa.eu ) Moving abroad was a big decision for her and her family, but the Your first EURES job (YfEj) project supported her all the way. “My father is a craftsman, but he’s been unemployed for a long time,” Nerea says. “My mother worked in a hotel until two years ago. She was released and has since been unemployed, so the family income is really very low.” After secondary school, Nerea trained as a Specialist for the Care of Dependent Persons. Although she knew the job opportunities with this vocational qualification were not especially good, she enjoyed the work and found it...
29 June 2018

Youth Guarantee five years on: Lessons learnt

(From ec.europa.eu ) The latest Eurostat figures show that the youth unemployment rate dropped from 18.7% in 2016 to 16.8% by the end of 2017. Since peaking at 23.9% following the 2008 financial crisis, youth unemployment has now fallen to just over 1 percentage point above the pre-2008 rate (15.1%), which shows the positive progress that has been made in this area over the last five years. The Youth Guarantee scheme has been playing a key role in this progress since EU Member States committed to the implementation of the scheme in a Council Recommendation of April 2013 . Aimed at giving...
29 May 2018

What makes a “good employer”?

(From ec.europa.eu ) Most employers would love to find out that they are appealing to potential employees, but what is it about an employer that motivates an individual’s job choice? What is it that makes an employer attractive? In 2015, Cedefop – the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training – published its European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey. As part of the survey, which focused on the problem of skill mismatch, Cedefop asked 49,000 EU adult workers from all 28 Member States what influenced their decision to accept their current job. Results revealed that employees didn’t...
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...

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