Empowering vulnerable adults to tackle labour market challenges

05/11/2013

Empowering vulnerable adults to tackle labour market challenges

The current economic crisis has led to high levels of youth and general unemployment. Long-term unemployment (periods of 12 months and longer) is increasing throughout the European Union, bringing the risk of long-termexclusion of several groups from the labour market and society.The European Union’s goal of an employment rate of 75% for those aged 20 to 64 by 2020 (European Commission, 2010a) is a severe challenge and requires specific actions for disadvantaged groups particularly affected by recent developments. To make change happen at grassroots level, regional and local policy-makers and practitioners need to discuss policies and practices, share ideas and experience, and reflect on the efficiency of approaches.The initiatives presented in this publication have been selected by participants of study visits for education and vocational training specialists and decision-makers, a programme coordinated by Cedefop. The programme aids information exchange through presentation of initiatives that different countries have introduced to support the integration of vulnerable adults into the labour market.