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Increased Support for Vulnerable Youth on the Labour Market

The Minister of Social Affairs and the Labour Market has signed a declaration of intent for increased individualised support for young people in vulnerable positions. More than ISK 450 million ($3.3 million / €3 million) will be spent on the project over the coming three years.

To prevent the premature exit of youth with mental disorders

Yesterday, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister of Social Affairs and the Labour Market; Páll Ásgeir Guðmundsson, Head of Economics and Policy at the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise; Unnur Sverrisdóttir, Director of the Directorate of Labour; and Vigdís Jónsdóttir, Director of the VIRK Vocational Rehabilitation Fund, signed a declaration of intent for increased individualised support for young people in vulnerable positions. More than ISK 450 million ($3.3 million / €3 million) will be spent on the project over a three-year period.

As noted in a press release on the government’s website, the aim of the project is to prevent “the premature exit of young people with psychiatric disabilities from the labour market,” as well as to increase the social activity of young people who belong to the so-called NEET group, i.e. young people who are not currently enrolled in studies or vocational training and are not on the labour market.

A three-pronged plan

The plan calls for the Directorate of Labour to hire ten so-called “labour liaisons” (i.e. atvinnulífstengill), who will provide the group with individualised support in their search for employment. “This is an innovation in the labour market resources provided by the organisation,” the press release notes, with a total of ISK 150 million ($1.1 million / €999,000) to be spent per year for three years.

Furthermore, VIRK – which has been providing services in the field of employment connections since 2012 – will further increase its number of labour liaisons. “The service will be opened to more groups than before, which in turn will increase their opportunities significantly. VIRK’s contribution is in addition to the above financial contributions.”

Lastly, the Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise will work to ensure the availability of jobs for young people in the service of labour liaisons. In addition, the organisation will “promote education in workplaces about the importance of facilitating the employment of individuals belonging to vulnerable groups.”

“Young job seekers in a vulnerable position are those who are most at risk of dropping out of the labour market for a longer or shorter period of time,” Unnur Sverrisdóttir, Director of the Directorate of Labour,  is quoted as saying. “It is our belief that this partnership will bring great results.”

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