BackgroundIn December 2012, the European Commission tabled a proposal for the introduction of youth guarantees to be implemented by member States. The European Council approved this proposal in April 2013.
At the end of December 2013, the government of Portugal submitted a Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan to the European Commission. This Plan included interventions to: (i) reduce the risk of early school leaving; (ii) strengthen career guidance services; (iii) expand vocational training, internship and traineeship opportunities; (iv) enhance geographical mobility; and (v) create employment opportunities for youth. The implementation of this Plan is entrusted to a network of partner organizations, coordinated by the Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional (IEFP).
In 2014 the Labour Office (ILO) supported the national Youth Guarantee (YG) coordination team in the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework to measure the results achieved during implementation. The monitoring framework was adjusted in spring 2015 to take account of the new Indicator Framework for Monitoring the Youth Guarantee.
Against this backdrop, the International Labour Office − within the EU-funded Action Enhancing capabilities of practitioners to design, implement and monitor youth employment policies − has been called to support the YG coordination team to consolidate the knowledge of implementing partners on the key features of the monitoring framework; review the results achieved; adjust the design and delivery of interventions; and provide information and lessons learnt for future policy design.
ObjectivesThe objectives of workshop were to:
- Familiarize implementing partners with the new features of the monitoring and evaluation framework of Youth Guarantee schemes;
- Review monitoring data on the performance of the interventions implemented under the Youth Guarantee scheme.