Youth unemployment — light at the end of the tunnel?
The tide is turning. Starting this year, Europe’s working-age population is falling, but that does not solve the problem of youth unemployment. Clear political priorities are needed. We have looked at some of the current measures in the Nordic region. We went to North Sweden to see how a small municipality is dealing with the challenges. We have looked at apprenticeship systems in Norway, Denmark and Finland to see what works, and we met Finnish youths who have been given a new chance through the youth guarantee — which is meant to be a model for the rest of Europe. The question remains: is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Finland has 250 'youth workshops' where young people can try out different occupations. At Mediakylpylä Nicolas Harju and Ida Liina Laine get to practice making a video documentary. Anu-Maarit Ikola, the project's deputy leader, holøds the camera (above).