Vienna doubles down on fight against youth unemployment

Vienna doubles down on fight against youth unemployment

The city will be investing 17 million euros for the support of youth who were severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

When it comes to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the related lockdowns, youth have been disproportionately affected by layoffs and job losses around Europe. With youth unemployment rising all across the board, many administrations have been looking for solutions that would help struggling young people who were left without a job during and after the height of the pandemic.

In order to support those more severely impacted by the crisis, local authorities in the Austrian capital of Vienna have earmarked a total of 17 million euros for the creation of a training package that will give local young people a better opportunity to find future employment.

Working alongside private businesses

Of the 17 million euros that are to be invested in the scheme, 10 million will be allocated for inter-company apprenticeship training, while the rest will be spent on ensuring and bettering the qualifications of Vienna’s youth.

Upon the announcement of the package, the Mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig stated that "Young people need a sound professional training. We want to give young people prospects because young people are our future. We won't let anyone down!"

When it comes to boosting inter-company apprenticeship training, the funding will be used for improvements to the infrastructure of the scheme – namely for the purchase of better equipment like tablets and the creation of more preparatory courses for those getting ready for the final apprenticeship exams.

In terms of qualification improvements, the qualifications passport will help those who need aid in catching up on apprenticeship training. Between June and September, local authorities in Vienna will contact around 3000 young people aged between 18 and 21 who have registered as unemployed. They will then receive step-by-step support from the relevant institutions as they move towards a full-blown apprenticeship.

By providing additional support to its youth, Vienna’s local authorities are ensuring the long-term health and stability of their constituents and the city’s civil society.



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