"At last - a glimmer of hope for Wales’ lost youth," said DEREK VAUGHAN MEP after an agreement last week by EU governments to bring in an EU-wide ‘youth guarantee.’
The youth guarantee will ensure that all young people under the age of 25 get an offer of good quality employment, continuing education, apprenticeship or traineeship after an extended period of unemployment or leaving formal education.
"I call on the Coalition government to use the UK's share of the €6 billion Youth Guarantee funds to save a generation of youth.
Tory MEPs were almost alone in the European Parliament back in December last year as MEPs from across the political spectrum were united in our calls for a guarantee to unemployed youth to get a job for a fixed period."
Glenis Willmott, Leader of Labour's MEPs, started a campaign for a Youth Jobs Guarantee in a speech at last year's Labour Conference, and Labour MEPs followed this up with a conference in Nottingham, where unemployed youth from across the EU met with employers, Labour Leader Ed Miliband and EU politicians to discuss different approaches to youth unemployment.
In December last year, Labour MEPs supported the TUC's 'Charter for a Future That Works' whose aims also included calls for guaranteed paid work or training after a period of unemployment for unemployed youth.
DEREK VAUGHAN MEP added:
"In Britain, there are a million young people who are unemployed. Across Europe, it's over five million. This is devastating for the young people themselves, but also a huge waste for our economy, with potentially disastrous implications for the future.
We now need to ensure that any scheme set up in the UK as a result of today's vote actually creates real employment."