Improving young people’s job prospects in the wake of COVID-19

Economic crises disproportionately impact young people. They tend to be the most recently hired and therefore the first to be let go in time of economic downturn.

COVID-19 has put strains on all sectors of the economy, but while short-term work schemes and social safety nets have prevented crisis levels of unemployment throughout Europe,  the pandemic’s impacts have not been distributed evenly.

History has shown that in times of economic downturn, young people feel some of the worst impacts of the crisis. They are frequently the first to lose their jobs and remain unemployed for longer, which can have a long-term impact on their future.

The recent StartNet virtual conference discussed the European Commission’s recent policies to improve young people’s transition to work as well as best practices from practitioners involved in youth vocational training projects.

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