Leading region

General background and the role of Region and Local Authorities

Among European countries, regional and local authorities play a crucial role in youth policies. Many competences are delocalised, and regions act as primary providers of policies, especially in the framework of setting out the tools for young people to enter the labour market.

Purposes of the Working Group 

The aim of the working group is to establish a constant exchange of best practices between members. As “youth” is a concept as broad as possible, the WG concentrates its activities on the following areas:

-            Youth mobility in VET

-            Apprenticeships

-            Youth entrepreneurship

Ongoing activities


The youth unemployment rate is still very high in many European countries. This dramatic situation represents a waste of potential and competences of young people who do not find accomplishment in a fair and recognised job.  

Regional and local governments are working hard on this field and are implementing measures to improve training, employment and self-employment of your people. Indeed, entrepreneurship and self-employment are seen as one of the ways to fight unemployment and our regions and municipalities support measures to foster entrepreneurship.  
EARLALL’s Working Group on Youth Policies would like to boost the topic at European level. Therefore, throughout 2017, it has been particularly active on the issue of young entrepreneurship, collecting existing best practices at local level, which are being presented at a conference in Brussels. “YES - Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit” aims to systematize the best practices regarding resourcefulness and self-entrepreneurship, from the experience gained in the education system to a proper support for business creation. The conference will share successful strategies that are improving the transition from education to employment and reducing the number of young people leaving school early. For example, possible pathways for work-linked training will be presented as they are considered extremely useful in supporting young people to find employment.

The focus will be the analysis and possible exchange of best practices concerning the measures adopted by the different regional governments towards young professionals, young entrepreneurs and young managers. The aim is to discuss which policies and measures are promoted or should be promoted to help young professionals, entrepreneurs and managers to acquire the necessary skills and competences to best run their own business. 

Past activities

Past Projects

OSA - ONE STEP AHEAD (2011-2013) 



Useful documents ↓

A system of Guarantees for Young People - Prof. Federighi

Apprenticeships and the Youth Guarantee - Baden-Wurttemberg

Best practices in entrepreneurship – Livorno

Cooperation between public policies and families on youth policies - Basque Country

DG EAC for EARLALL - Youth entrepreneurship (part 1)

DG EAC for EARLALL - Youth entrepreneurship (part 2)

DG EMPL for EARLALL - Youth Opportunities

DG Enterprise for EARLALL - Enterprise and education

EARLALL - Policy paper on Entrepreneuship education

EARLALL - Policy paper on Youth

EARLALL - Response consultation on Traineeships

EARLALL - Response Green Paper Youth Mobility

EARLALL - Response on Schools in the 21st Century

EARLALL - Response on Youth on the Move

EARLALL - Seminar on Entrepreneurship Education

EARLALL - Speech on youth and mobility at the CoR 2012

Entrepreneurship education in schools - Baden-Württemberg

Entrepreneurship education in schools - Basque Country (part 1)

Entrepreneurship education in schools - Basque Country (part 2)

Entrepreneurship education in schools – Brittany

Entrepreneurship education in schools – ISFOL

Entrepreneurship education in schools – Umbria

European Commission - Green Paper on Youth mobility

European Communication - Youth on the Move

Findings of Regional Youth Policies - University of Florence

Inclusion and growth into the labour market - Austria (STVG)

Innovation of policies in youth - Austria (STVG)

Integration in the labour market - Austria (STVG)

Integration in the labour market - Baden-Württemberg

Integration through exchange

Introduction to youth mobility - Prof. Simoncini

OSA Project - A system of guarantees for young people

OSA Project - Conference minutes

OSA Project - Conference Programme

OSA Project - How to limit disadvantages

OSA Project - The South Denmark Perspective

Partner search in Compulsory education - Västra Götaland

Social entrepreneurship – Jämtland

Youth Engagement and Progression - Wales