Youth Guarantee works

UBC conference “Supporting Youth Employment and the Implementation of the Youth Guarantee - The Good, The Bad and The Next Practices from Baltic Sea Region” was held on 20 May 2019 in Brussels, in the Committee of the Regions.

The Conference concentrated on the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Baltic Sea Region and successful networking and the best practices of peer development. Also, examples of good practices of the work with NEETs and Early school leavers were presented.

The target groups of conference were policy makers, education and welfare specialists, NGOs, municipalities and public institutions.
"The UBC is all about sharing best practises and learning from one another. Today, we have gotten to know these good practices and models for Youth Guarantee", says  Matti Mäkelä, Chair of the UBC Task Force on Youth Employment and Well-being and Head of the Project Office at City of Turku.
"Money is of course essential when implementing the Youth Guarantee. But the most important factor is our attitude. We can all make life better for those around us", satated Mari Kontio, Project Manager at City of Turku.

Heading to the future – what does the Youth Guarantee need?

“Better collaboration within and between countries in the Baltic Sea Region”. Felix Schartner, Project Officer, Integrate NEETs, Flagship School2Work in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
“More flexibility, and increase in finance”. Mantas Jurgutis, Vice President of the Union of the Baltic Cities
“More including the young people in the process, new changes in the education system. There will always be a new versio of the YG as long we include the young people in making. Because they really do know what is best for them”. Carsten Adamsen, Chairman, UBC Commission of the Youthful Cities
“Working with early interventions. We need to strengthen the youngster who risk to loose education and work”. And the red thread is involving the youth.” Lidija Kolouh-Söderlund, PhD, Development Manager, Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society

The concluding panel, panelists from left to right: Lidija Kolouh-Söderlund, Carsten Adamsen, Mantas Jurgutis, Felix Schartner. Photos: Irene Pendolin

UBC Task Force on Youth Employment and Well-Being

The UBC General Conference decided to establish a Task Force on youth employment and well-being in Mariehamn on October 2013. It was set to work until the next UBC General Conference 2015, in which it presented its final report. Task Force met six times during the years 2014 and 2015 with 27 experts representing 15 member cities and six countries contributing to the work.
The report suggested certain measures that are listed below:

  • 2-4 thematic workshops per year focusing on questions relating to the youth guarantee and support of youth employment and well-being.
  • The UBC should encourage all member cities to arrange, promote and seek funding for study visits and expert visits to help disseminate and implement the best youth guarantee practices of UBC cities.
  • New projects and other forms of joint development between UBC cities.
  • Follow-up survey on the implementation of the Youth Employment and Well-Being Programme in 2017.
  • Decision about the coordination and funding of these measures.
  • Focus on finding and trying out opportunities and working towards the desired goals.

In 2015 General Conference UBC decided to continue the work of the work the Task to help the implementation of the suggested measures.

During the last three years Task Force has strengthened a cooperation with the EUBSR (European Union Baltic Sea Region) Flagship School to Work (S2W). The Flagship aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and works in order to prevent early school leaving and develop new support methods for vulnerable groups of students/youth, which means that their goals are parallel to the ones of the Task Force.
Task Force offers the following possibilities and services to the UBC member cities:

  • Joint projects
  • Seminars, Conferences
  • Study Visits, Workshops and Trainings
  • Collection of Good Practices
  • S2W knowledge Platform (
  • Networks

More information:
Matti Mäkelä, Head of the Project Management Office
Education Division / City of Turku
Tel. +358 44 9073 166