Registration for the Youth Guarantee scheme open until Wednesday

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Registration for the Youth Guarantee scheme open until WednesdayThe Government has said that its Youth Guarantee scheme offers young people an opportunity that could make a significant difference in their life. Through this scheme, the Government commits itself to help them find employment or undergo training.

The Youth Guarantee scheme will offer personalised training in several fields. During the 18-week training period you will undertake various work placements and vocational training at MCAST among others.

Training and work programmes are tailor-made and the Youth Guarantee scheme participants will receive an allowance of €1,440. “You are not eligible to apply if you are currently employed or a student, or will be so in the near future.”

For more information on how to register for this scheme kindly call on: Jobs+, The Ministry for Education and Employment on 2598 2828/ 2598 2829

Interested participants need to register at:

Employment and Training Corporation, Sir Arturo Mercieca Street, Victoria, Gozo

The Ministry for Education and Employment, Great Siege Road, Floriana, Malta

Registrations will be received until Wednesday 16 July 2014, between 8am and 1pm and between 3pm and 5.30pm.

The 2009-2010 financial crisis, followed by the great recession, caused unemployment rates in Europe to increase substantially. Youths were the most adversely affected. Given the long lasting consequences of unemployment on an individual’s employability, the European Commission urged Member States to come up with Youth Guarantee plan to reverse this unemployment trend.

Member States with unemployment rates below 25% have until Spring 2014 to present their Youth Guarantee Implementation Plans. Member States with unemployment rates above 25% had to present their plans by 2013 and will be also eligible to benefit from a €6.0 billion Youth Employment Initiative fund.

The Ministry said that Malta too submitted its Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan within the stipulated deadline.

Malta’s youth guarantee focuses on individual empowerment and continued education. The Jobs+ unit within the Ministry for Education and Employment took the initiative back in July 2013 and applied for European Social Fund (ESF) money to launch a project to help those who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs). This ESF project is expected to start in Q2 of 2014.

350 NEETs will be individually profiled by experts and will receive thirty hours of direct contact with a youth worker and another ninety hours of training intervention that will consist of motivation and behaviour, labour market orientation sessions (including guidance on employment), CV writing and interview skills, and communication skills. The national Public Employment Service will also be recruiting additional employment advisors and therefore offer better quality service to job seekers.

In April 2013, the European Council formally adopted a Recommendation for the setting up of a Youth Guarantee scheme. The Recommendation calls on Member States to ‘ensure that all young people under the age of 25 years receive a good-quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within a period of four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education’ and asks them to implement Youth Guarantee schemes as soon as possible.

With regard to the Member States experiencing the most severe budgetary difficulties and higher rate of NEETs or of youth unemployment, gradual implementation could also be considered.

The Recommendation also calls on the Commission to continue to monitor and report regularly on developments concerning the design, implementation and results of Youth Guarantee schemes as part of the annual programme of work of the European Network of Public Employment Services. Ensure that the Employment Committee is informed in that regard. The Commission is to report in 2016 on the implementation of the “Youth Guarantee” and on the operation of the Youth Employment Initiative.

Application Forms are available for download below:

English Version

Maltese Version

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