North West England Liberal Democrat Euro-MP Chris Davies voted today for a Europe-wide youth guarantee scheme, which would increase EU funding to help get young people who have been out of work back into education, training or a job.

Chris Davies MEP said:

“Youth unemployment is a major concern to my constituents who rightly see a skilled workforce able to work throughout the EU as a vital part of our future.

“Liberal Democrats in Coalition are tackling youth unemployment and building a stronger, fairer economy. That is why a £1billion Youth Contract was launched last April, giving nearly half-a-million young people the chance to earn and learn.”

“The recent national fall in unemployment was driven by the biggest drop in youth unemployment on record but there is more work still to do.”

In the North West region, the number of 16-24 year olds not in education, training or work has fallen by 56,000 over the last year, a 27% decrease.

“The EU Youth Guarantee Scheme would build on this recent progress by providing additional funding from the European Social Fund. This would help finance new government initiatives, such as the increased grants for small and medium-sized businesses taking on young apprentices announced by Vince Cable last week.”

The Youth Contract works through wage subsidies, work placements, apprenticeships and tailored efforts focused on 16-18-year-olds.

The proposal for a Youth Guarantee is part of the European Commission’s Youth Employment package, and would use EU funding such as the European Social Fund to help member states invest in education and training for young people who have been unemployed for over four months.

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