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ERIC Number: ED586310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: 978-92-896-2566-1
ISSN: ISSN-1831-2411
Reaching out to 'Invisible' Young People and Adults: Recovery and Upskilling Pathways for Vulnerable Groups. Briefing Note
Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
National authorities across Europe have been developing outreach measures to address the needs of people who slip through the cracks of standard education, training and employment policies. People who lack basic life and work skills require holistic strategies, which may mobilize health, social and psychological services and delay standard employability measures, such as job search and traineeship placements, to the last stage of an individualized recovery program. Successful initiatives and policies for all age groups have multiplied and diversified across Europe. Three main EU-level initiatives encourage the development of outreach: (1) The Youth Guarantee; (2) The upskilling pathways for adults; and (3) The EU Council recommendation on the integration of long-term unemployed into the labor market. The nature and extent of outreach services vary across the EU. To be effective, outreach policies need to be anchored in national strategies and target groups clearly identified. Regular evaluation of measures is essential to promote consistent support and mainstream successful practices. Finding and contacting people who may be in weakened health and psychological states, marginalized, or involved in criminal activities requires holistic methods, active networking and trained professionals. Outreach policies need to cater to people of all ages and to focus on recovery and rehabilitation as well as prevention. Once people drop off the radar of public services, their career pathways tend to spiral downward. This is why outreach policies require time and flexibility, to allow beneficiaries to establish an individual perspective on themselves and the labor market.
Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. P.O. Box 22427, Finikas, Thessaloniki, GR-55102. Tel: 30-2310-490111; Fax: 30-2310-490049; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
Identifiers - Location: European Union