Solidarity Corps gets jobs and traineeships on track
The Commission supports two projects by the Italian and French Public Employment Services
14 July, 2017
Half a year after the European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps and following the matching of voluntary placements which started in March 2017, thousands of job and traineeship placements are now also kicking off, the EU press service reported. Up to now, the Commission supports two projects led by the Italian and French Public Employment Services, which will offer a solidarity-related job or traineeship in another EU country to up to 6,000 young people.
“The European Solidarity Corps is about creating more and better opportunities. I am happy that with the kicking off of the occupational strand, the Corps is offering its full potential to our young people. In cooperation with Public Employment Services and partners on the ground, we will offer thousands of young people a concrete opportunity for a job or traineeship in solidarity-related fields across Europe,” Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen said. “I am delighted to see the European Solidarity Corps growing. The occupational dimension now makes it complete,” Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics added.
The two projects led by the French Public Employment Service and the Italian National Agency for active labour policies (ANPAL) bring together public employment services and organisations from different Member States, such as employers' organisations and training institutes, to provide job or traineeship offers in solidarity-related areas to young people between the age of 18 and 30. Selected participants will be able to engage in a broad range of activities such as healthcare, social integration, environmental protection, assistance for migrants and refugees, or food aid in another EU country. The projects will reach out to employers, ensure the matching of candidates and provide financial and other types of support, such as training, to participants. The projects are funded with more than €14m from the Employment and Social Innovation programme. The two projects will run up to March 2019.
In parallel, the European Solidarity Corps is being further developed and consolidated. The aim is to provide 100,000 placements by the end of 2020. The experience gained under the two new projects being launched will help lay the ground for the rolling-out of the European Solidarity Corps by 2020. The two projects will continue to support young people in finding cross-border placements until spring 2019 and will work together with other projects on occupational placements for the European Solidarity Corps.
The European Solidarity Corps creation was announced in 2016 Commission President Juncker's State of the Union address, offering young people up to 30 the opportunity to take part in a wide range of solidarity activities across the EU. Since its launch in December 2016, more than 32,000 young people have joined the Corps. In March 2017, matching with organisations began; since then, about 11,500 participants have been contacted and 460 placements were accepted. The aim is to have 100,000 young people taking part in the European Solidarity Corps by the end of 2020. In May 2017, the Commission presented a proposal to put the European Solidarity Corps on a firm footing, with a budget of €341.5m for the years 2018-2020 and a dedicated legal base. In addition, the Commission proposed to extend opportunities for young people.