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Latvia has a plan – there is a youth policy, there are frameworks under which that policy can be implemented – the Youth Employment guarantee and European guidelines, and there is an implementation plan to respond to the issue of NEETs.
This session wants to explore things that are true not only at policy level but also at implementation level - and discuss what is important to youth in your context of work or living - and what YOU can do to increase the positive effects of this policy umbrella on NEETs.
(Images from wikicommons.)
Commitment paper outlines guiding principles that should be at basis of all youth policy (and implementation of that policy!)
Notes: Inclusive – equal opportunities for all young people
Knowledge-based and evidence informed – regularly updated on quantitative and qualitative info - “Situational Analysis/Needs Assessment”
Fully resourced – Budget – Important: Not just how much, but where it goes and how it gets there. Where does the money come from? Shared ownership, maximizing resources – ex: health has a family planning programme for adolescents, this can be pulled into the larger framework and money shared.
Accountable – Nationally and locally owned, monitored and evaluated against specific targets and indicators.
When it comes to seeing if a policy is working and having an impact - there is no shortage of tools - one of which is the Global Youth Wellbeing Index which takes into account 6 main domains and provides indicators for measuring national responses. This only covers an initial 30 countries, but can be used as a model. It also takes into account NEETs
Citizen Participation, Economic Opportunity, Education, Health, Information and Communication Technology Safety and Security. This index takes into account NEETs
These are similar to the areas at the base of the Latvian Youth Policy (see Policy Review doc. by Council of Europe, 2008)
In order to respond to these domains, and integrate the guiding principles – key policy areas, both in youth employment and other public policies are all of concern.
These domains have an effect on issues concerning NEETs (Domains in the context of targeting NEETs) - they are important to remember, both at policy and implementation levels - and in your context, because - as we said above - actions to improve the NEET situation must be inclusive AND comprehensive - example of health, ICT, Safety - give country best practices from around the world here.
We mentioned in plenary that some of the challenges and opportunities are:
NEETs are an incredibly heterogeneous group – their definition varies from country to country, and their individual realities vary from one person to the next. NEETs are often lost in data – there is no enrolment data, fiscal data, employment status – so how do we respond to needs through policy if we are unable to assess the situation?
Challenges - without naming countries, pull from research on things like
poor administrative capacity underdeveloped partnership lack of comprehensive analysis of existing schemes (if this is addressed it increases inclusion initiatives, cost-sharing, needs targeting and accountability - for example) lack of apprenticeships and on the job training structures lack of quality and widely recognized accreditation systems, etc.
What we do know, however, is that:
We need cross-sectoral strategies which involve dialogue between many stakeholders - the ministries of education, health, justice, culture and welfare must all be involved in responding to youth needs. As well as institutions like schools, or organisations like youth groups. This is why you are all here!
Youth engagement will allow for a better response to needs and increase ownership and responsibility towards achieving shared goals.
These opportunities should not only be horizontal – at the decision making level, they should also be vertical – going from capital city to local settings, spanning across the country.
Solutions - without naming countries, of maybe here yes as they are good practices, give examples of solutions - ALMPs, career guidance, social dialogue, etc.
Activity: 4 groups for 4 questions. 1 person stays at table and discusses with other participants throughout session, others go and contribute and collect information from other questions. Make sure they write answers on A0 paper. 45 minutes of free talk - "make sure you address all questions" - return to group, have a 15 mn conversation about what you've learned and discussed from other participants - person at table reports back conversation from that table. 30 minutes to create a small blurb about what they learned about that questions - principles, needs, challenges/opportunities, action plans. On another sheet of A0 - 4 sections - each group fills in their section, this is the feedback poster to plenary. Establish 1 person ready to report back to plenary if necessary.
Youth Policy for NEETs
Youth Policy for NEETs
“Support to youth work development at Latvian and
November 5th 2014
Youth Policy Labs
1st Global Forum on Youth Policy
(Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 28th-30th)
6. Knowledge-based and Evidence informed
GLOBAL INDICES: YOUTH WELLBEING INDEX
• 40 indicators assessing six domains
• Covers 70% of the world’s youth
• Only 30 countries included in first study –
countries chosen for geographical
diversity and to include the most of the
• NEETs are specifically included in research.
• Rigorous, scientific basis.
So how can Youth Policies impact NEETs ?
What do we know?
Challenges & Opportunities
What do YOU think?
Here’s the idea: World Café – big brown paper, multiple conversations,
sharing of ideas.
In your context (living or working), what are the most relevant guiding
In your context, what do NEETs need the most?
In your context, in implementation, what are the biggest challenges for impacting
NEETs positively? What are the biggest the biggest opportunities?
What are YOU going to do to address this situation after this
Think Tank Youth Policy Labs