European Commission: Developing the creative and innovative potential of young people through non formal learning in ways that are relevant to employability

European Commission: Developing the creative and innovative potential of young people through non formal learning in ways that are relevant to employability

The total of young people not in employment, education or training, is currently around 14 million in the EU. At European, national, regional and local levels the attention of policy makers is today firmly fixed on this problem. There is also a burgeoning body of international research about the scale and dimensions of the problem although less about how to resolve it. Although the full capacities of existing programmes, for example the many different European Social Fund examples of creative and innovative approaches, are not presented due to language barriers, significant lessons can be learned from a range of established and emerging practices in the non-formal sector, which includes youth work. In highlighting these lessons, this report urges stakeholders at all levels to recognise, support and invest in non-formal learning structures, systems, and practices. The report can also inform young people about the activities that are being taken, and those that should be taken, to support them.

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