PREPARATION FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

Today we face the situation that five million young people under the age of 25 cannot find a job. Many of them will miss opportunities because they lack the right qualifications or experience. Others will be forced to accept precarious positions in the labour market or short-term contracts that offer few opportunities to advance on the career ladder, even if they
are well-qualified. In addition, certain young people face specific problems in accessing and remaining in the labour market– these include early school leavers, individuals that are not well qualified or lack skills, ¿ young people with migrant backgrounds and those from ethnic minorities. Often several different factors, including low levels of education, poverty and social exclusion, mean that their options are extremely limited. We need to make sure that all Europeans have access to the same opportunities, particularly those who are most disadvantaged.

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