Peer Review on "Youth Guarantee: experiencing a new approach to help young vulnerable people to gain autonomy"

Commissioned by:  ICF Consulting Services Ltd (ICF) (contracted by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission to undertake "Support services for Mutual Learning within the European Employment Strategy")
Project duration: March 4 – April 15, 2016 
Project manager: Valerija Botrić, PhD

Brief outline: 
Project goals: The aim of this Peer Review was to present French labour market schemes and policies aiming at supporting  NEET (‘not in employment, education and training’) integration into the labour market. Further, the aim was to identify possibilities for further enhancement and development of such actions and partnerships, with the help of peer countries.   

Results/outputs: The main output of the project was the Peer country comments paper that included the following: very brief overview of the national approach to integration of NEET and implementation of Youth Guarantee; assessment of the host country policy measure; assessment of the success factors and transferability; and further information or clarification in the form of questions. Besides, the country expert was expected to attend and actively contribute to the Peer Review meeting on 7 and 8 April in Paris.   

Activities: Reviewing Host Country Discussion paper; interviewing the national government representative to collect the government views and comments on the practice example, as well as to gather information on comparative examples from the peer country; writing the final report as an independent expert; participating at the Peer Review meeting on 7 and 8 April in Paris.   

Methodology: Consulting both the national literature and official documents on the topic, as well as interviewing the national government representative in order to assess the main similarities and differences between the host and the peer country.