First EU countries offer €270 million to support education and employment for disadvantaged young people

The European Commission has announced that the first Member States have expressed their willingness to implement a new initiative named ALMA, which stands for Aim, Learn, Master, Achieve. The initiative supports disadvantaged young people on the road to find a job or even continue their studies.

In a statement released today, the European Commission also highlighted that after organizing an activity on youth employment, more than half of Member States showed their commitment to introducing ALMA into their country, reports

In addition, already eight Member States have committed to set aside around €270 million for the ALMA initiative under their European Social Fund (ESF+) programs according to current estimates,” read the statement.

According to the Commission, many other promises should follow, allowing young Europeans to benefit from this new initiative.

In this regard, Vice-President for the Promotion of the European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said that with ALMA, young people could find their way in life and succeed where the system has so far failed.

“It’s about bringing Europe closer to society. Provide work experience, improve youth employment and life prospects for young Europeans. The hope of our present, the catalysts for a better future”, she also added.

Furthermore, the Commissioner for Labor and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, underlined that the EU supports all young people, especially those in difficulty.

According to him, by participating in ALMA, disadvantaged young people will gain the confidence that they can succeed in life because the Commission is very committed to making ALMA a success.

Alternatively, ALMA is an active global initiative for disadvantaged young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who are not working, studying or in training.

Accompanied by intensive training, it will provide participants with a supervised learning experience linked to a two to six month job in another EU Member State. Its objective is therefore to improve the knowledge and experience of the participants so that they can find their way in the labor market or education after their return to their country and allow them to establish new relationships through the Europe.

At the event on May 12, government officials and representatives of the International Labor Organization, social partners, businesses and public employment services discussed the challenges and opportunities related to the youth employment, where they also shared their views on how to succeed in the new social inclusion mobility scheme, ALMA.

Helen D. Jessen