The main objective of this baseline study, the first output from Cowork4YOUTH project, funded by the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment (cowork4youth.org) is to present descriptive evidence on the impact of youth employment policies across the four study countries (Ireland, Greece, Spain, and Italy) for the period 2008 to 2020. The focus of the project, and of the baseline study, is on: a) tourism-dependent, island or remote coastal regions, and b) areas facing energy transition, decarbonisation, or intense industrial decline.
The purpose of this research is to provide a solid baseline on which subsequent outputs of Cowork4YOUTH can be built. In this study, i) employment rates, ii) unemployment rates, iii) long-term unemployment rates, iv) NEET rates, and v) inactivity rates are examined, both overall and by gender. We also calculated sectoral youth employment shares for economic sectors that correspond to the region types being focused on in the project. All indicators have been calculated using annual European Union Labour Force Survey (EULFS) microdata.
Pilot study on impact of youth employment policies
This output will support the Research Network in defining the indexes/ data collected and analysed by the Observatory. It will provide a more complex perspective, in addition to already published data, on the impact of collaborative practices, RnD, training and youth employment policies for NEETs. This will take place through qualitative research approaches, such as non-participant observation, focus groups or interviews with policy practitioners, employers and beneficiaries in order to understand the real impact of existing policies. It will also focus on existing co-working spaces that include persons of mixed experiences, ages, abilities and backgrounds combined with creative approaches to assist education and mentorship of NEETs.