Effective measures to help NEETs to transition into work require investment in human capital. There is broad consensus in Europe that work-based learning can empower NEETs to move rapidly into work, as it can help them to gain a multitude of professional and social skills, improving their employability.
Work-based learning provides young people with the opportunity to apply their technical or academic skills while developing their employability. It encompasses on-the-job experience such as apprenticeships, as well as off-the-job experiences such as close-to-real simulations.
Improving the availability of work-based learning measures is one of the key objectives of the Youth Guarantee scheme. Similarly, improving the quality of such measures is central to the New Skills Agenda for Europe and the European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships.
Within this EU policy framework, Cedefop carries out activities within and across the Member States, gathering evidence to support policy-making at EU and national level and fostering European cooperation on measures to ease NEETs transitions into work.