Project background

According to reports from the EC, OSCE and other studies, most affected by the consequences of the crisis remain the already disadvantaged groups in the labour market – youth(according to Eurostat youth unemployment rate in EU27 for 2012 is 21.6%), older workers (45% of all long term unemployed - Eurostat), who face complex problems to reintegration to employment, predominantly linked with lack of self-awareness, self-confidence, motivation and persistence for skill updating; insufficient or too specific skills and qualification; lack of job searching, interview and application skills.

The report for the EC "New Skills for New Jobs: Action Now" underlines the need to avoid coexistence of unemployment and labour shortages and mismatches. One of the main areas called for action is to find the right incentives for individuals to up-skill and to better anticipate skills needed in future. However, most vulnerable groups on the labour market very rarely participate in training programmes and the efficiency of the social work with labour officers and courses conducted is very low. There are currently no integrated solutions addressing the complex problems these jobseekers encounter to promote more successful inclusion on the labour market and to stop the waste of talent, skills and human capital their unemployment represents.