The European Commission today launched the European Solidarity Corps at a meeting at NGO House. From today young people aged between 18 and 30 have new opportunities to make an important contribution to society in the EU and to gain valuable experience and skills at the beginning of their career. Today the Commission presented a series of measures to promote youth employment, improving and modernizing education, more investment in skills of young people and more opportunities for study and training abroad.
European Solidarity Corps
The new European Solidarity Corps participants will have the opportunity to participate in a project related to volunteering, internship or work for a period between 2 and 12 months.
Participants can participate in a wide range of activities such as education, health, social integration, assistance with providing food, building shelter, acceptance, support and integration of migrants and refugees, environmental protection and prevention of natural disasters.
From today interested young people aged between 17 and 30 years old may register on: http://europa.eu/solidarity-corps. The minimum age for participation in the project is 18 years. The goal is by the end of 2020 100 000 young people to join the solidarity corps.
Mobility of trainees
Learning and studying in another country has been of great value to young people to develop their skills, improving their chances for a career and strengthening citizenship. More young people from all walks of life should take advantage of these opportunities.
The Commission will therefore launch “ErasmusPro”, a new special action program “Erasmus +” in support of long-term professional practices abroad. The Commission will propose a framework for quality of professional practice, which sets the basic principles of planning and implementation of apprenticeships at all levels.
Providing quality education
As part of today’s measures, the Commission proposes a number of actions to help Member States to provide high quality education for all young people so that they acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to participate fully in society and to meet the new opportunities and challenges resulting from globalization and technological change.