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Following the implementation of the job mobility scheme YOUR FIRST EURES JOB powered by ManpowerGroup, the European Commission is carrying out a study on the outcome of the program and on options for future EU measures on youth intra-EU labour mobility, an important tool in today’s volatile environment.

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The “Your first EURES job – powered by ManpowerGroup” project aimed to assist young people and businesses (especially SMEs) in taking advantage of the opportunities that a truly European market has to offer.

The project involved the provision of services in 6 EU countries (Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria).

It targeted sectors where there has been identified lack of talent; Tourism in Italy, Spain and Portugal, and High-Tech Industry, in the Netherlands.

It aimed to link at least 200 young people to sustainable, quality employment/traineeship positions in an EU country other than that of their residence, by tackling barriers to youth mobility, such as skill gaps, cultural differences and lack of knowledge/resources through the provision of employment services, consulting, preparatory training, integration support and direct funding to young people and SMEs.

Key Activities – Work Packages:

  • WP1: Program Preparation
  • WP2: Program Launch & Awareness
  • WP3: Demand Mapping
  • WP4: Matching (Bridging Supply & Demand)
  • WP5: Integration Monitoring and Management
  • WP6: Final Evaluation
  • WP7: Dissemination
  • WP0: Management of the Action


  • D1: Website
  • D2: Online Talent Management Platform
  • D3: Employer/ Shareholders Literature
  • D4: Candidate Literature
  • D5: Candidate Relocation Readiness Assessment
  • D6: Candidate Profile Template
  • D7. SMEs Integration Guide
  • D8: Final Evaluation Report
  • D9: Program Results Report
  • D10: Final Narrative Report
  • D11: Final Financial Statement & Auditor’s Certification Report

Main objectives of the action


The primary objectives of the “Your first EURES job – powered by ManpowerGroup” project were:

  • To design, implement and test a Model for the delivery of quality employment services and integration support to the identified Target Groups.
  • To provide experience-based findings and lessons learned for the replication of this Model in other countries / sectors facing bottleneck vacancies, promoting at the same time youth transnational mobility and fighting youth unemployment.

Additional objectives were:

  • To develop an “Enabling Ecosystem”, in which relevant actors from within each country promote youth mobility, raise awareness and help to reach target groups, as well as provide a lasting impact in terms of awareness.
  • To identify and effectively tackle culture-related barriers to mobility and misconceptions in each country participating in the Action, through awareness and dissemination activities.

Expected results:

  • 200 eligible young people to be placed in quality job placements / traineeships in a EU country other than that of their residence
  • A minimum of 20% of young people to be placed in SMEs
  • Creation of a Relocation Toolkit, publicly available to be freely used by organizations / partnerships with similar objectives
  • Visibility of the Action to be promoted through online and offline awareness-raising activities, in order to further raise awareness of Target Groups (Young People and Employers, with a focus on SMEs) on the opportunities offered to them within a truly European Job Market and inspire further Action.

Key results

Results of the program:

  • Placements in another Member State
    • Target= 200
    • Actual= 10
    • % of target= 5%
  • SMEs Integration
    • Target= 20
    • Actual= 0
    • % of target= 0%
  • Online awareness activities – Delivered
  • Visibility through dissemination events – Delivered
  • Relocation Toolkit – Delivered

Implications to relevant target groups

  • Outcomes of this report clearly show how the program contributed in great way to strengthen the awareness of the public about the youth mobility and its effects, and strengthen the collaboration among various countries as far as matching of supply and demand are concerned.
  • The program has contributed in great way for the young job seekers to better realize what they can do themselves in regards of soft skills, how they should look for a job, how to stand by an interview in a foreign language and a foreign country culture, and the importance of communicating in various cultural environments.
  • And had the impact also on becoming familiar with electronic professional profiling assessments, and how to pursue a career by capitalizing on their strengths and willingness and by aligning them with market needs.
  • Moreover it showed that young job seekers need more encouragement about mobility around Europe so that they dare to leave their home country.
  • Regarding employers, the program made clear that companies especially SMEs need complex incentives in order to hire the right talent and remunerate it (the talent) so that it will be attracted and remain.
  • Nevertheless, the emphasis given in the identification and presentation of both hard and soft skills of the candidates to employers – since soft & hard skills apparently play an equally important role for employers in terms of hiring- can be seen as a proxy measure of success for the project.
  • Moreover, ALMP and other local programs on Youth Guarantee need to be aligned so that they do not act competitively but in a complementary way.
  • Outcomes also reveal high exposure to local communities both through awareness activities and shareholders involved, contributing to the reinforcement of the mobility program in order to become more attractive to young people, and against the increase of existing racist, ethnic, religious, cultural, and national prejudice among European countries.
  • Moreover, local communities need to acquire better and more technologically assisted infrastructure so that the various administrative burdens are minimized. This will minimize integration and adaptation time of young people into mobility placements, and will increase efficiencies. Especially in Italy the local prefectures / administrative units operate independently of the central government created extra obstacles to the homogenized approach of the job seekers.

Added Value of the program

  • Various dissemination and awareness raising activities, especially with the use of social media, that enhanced the awareness and lasting impact on target groups of the advantages and opportunities for personal and business development and growth that a truly connected European job market and workforce can offer.
  • A large number of young applicants that will become active ambassadors of the youth mobility and will keep spreading positive word of mouth that will work on tackling barriers and misconceptions of youth mobility in their countries.
  • A large number of employers who have been contacted and become aware and/or more familiar with the EURES youth mobility initiative, with a potential positive effect in the promotion of future EU mobility initiatives.
  • The development of a small but powerful amount of relevant actors/shareholders in 5 of the 6 participating countries, that have supported and will keep supporting actively the youth mobility concept and will work on tackling the barriers aroused in each country, long after the end of this particular project.
  • A large number of young job seekers having received valuable help on job search and career guidance & counseling: get assessed and understand their strengths and weaknesses, acquire consultation and advice on how to stand in front of a recruiter, and how & why to dare search for a job outside their country’s borders, get encouragement and correct orientation, learn about working conditions in another city, get prepared to face cultural barriers and stereotypes, etc.
  • Delivery of a “Relocation Toolkit” free through the program’s web site and also publicly available to be freely used by organizations / partnerships with similar objectives, that includes: a Candidate Relocation Readiness Assessment, a Candidate Profile Template, an Integration Guide for SMEs.
  • Provision of experience-based findings and lessons learned from the implementation of the project.