A number of issues are emerging in the press and in reports from young people who have undertaken traineeships offered as part of the Youth Guarantee programme.
The problem often relates specifically to training courses, especially in the South of Italy, where rather than receiving training, young people are performing duties similar to those of employees. An instrument which, based on a recommendation from the Council (2013/C 120/01), is supposed to ‘[…] guarantee that all young people under the age of 25 years shall receive a good-quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within a period of four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education’ has in many cases turned into a ploy used by companies to obtain cheap labour, exploiting the designated funds and many young people in need.
— In light of the above, can the Commission indicate whether it is aware of these deviations in the implementation of the Youth Guarantee?
— Does the Commission not think it necessary to introduce more stringent rules and stricter checks to ensure the programme is implemented correctly?