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Taskforce youth unemployment

Country of implementation
The Netherlands
General short description of the innovation
Campaign to stimulate organization of learning-workplaces for young as well as to increase matching of youth with learning workplaces or regular jobs, or to stimulate them to return to school
Target group
Youth
Policy Field
  • education
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • social partnership
Duration of the policy
2004-2007
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporary
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 40.000 young unemployed or students at risk of unemployment
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
This program intended to re-integrate youth in a period in which the labour market was still favourable and youth unemployment was low. It was expected that the remaining young unemployed required specific attention. The programme was aimed at both the centres of work and income, municipalities as well as employers and vocational schools to increase the number of learning work places and to improve guidance and matching. The objective was to place 40.000 young in learning-work places, regular jobs or to return them back to school. The strategy consisted of campaigning and networking by a small national organization, guided by a former minister with a large network. It stimulated the development of new methods and campaigned to realize placement opportunities.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
temporary stimulus
Type of innovation
  • new form of partnership or cooperation
  • new form of policy implementation/delivery
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • job guidance, coaching and/or counselling
  • learning workplaces
  • training schemes
Clarification of intended mechanisms, outputs and outcomes (optional)
The program was mainly meant to stimulate development of new practices as well as placement opportunities for young. Networking with relevant stakeholders in the labour market, campaigning and dissemination of information were important strategies. The centres for work and income coordinated many of the actual initiatives. Also, school drop-out prevention programs were started.
Intended target group
Young unemployed or young at risk of unemployment
Working age population
  • educational level (low/medium/high) (generally low educational level)
  • main source of income: paid work
  • main source of income: social protection
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Centres for work and income)
  • employees (organised or individual)
  • employers (organised or individual)
  • municipal government
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO) (vocational education schools)
Clarification of the role of various actors
The program consisted of activating a broad network of stakeholders influencing youth (un-)employment, both at the supply as well as the demand side.
Intended output
  • bargaining
  • governance (new forms of cooperation between various stake holders involved in youth employment)
  • job guidance, coaching and counselling
  • learning workplaces
  • services
  • training schemes
Intended and unintended outcomes
44000 young have started working, partially in learning work places. Specification of results is not available however
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The taskforce has been considered a success because 44000 young started working, which was higher than expected. Involved stakeholders consider it successful, also because the young unemployed people in this period were considered hard to re-integrate, given the favourable labour market. However, data are not clear on job quality and on whether placements in learning work places have resulted in sustainable placements. Moreover, results have been realized in the period that the labour market was favourable and youth unemployment was very low.
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