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How does YfEj work?


Your first EURES job aims to help young nationals in the 18-35 age bracket  of any of the EU28 countries + Iceland and Norway (EFTA/EEA countries) to find a work placement (job or traineeship) in another EU EFTA/EEA country. It also helps employers to find the workforce they need for their hard-to-fill vacancies.


What services do we provide?

YfEj is a recruitment service at European level. The EUJOB4EU Platform brings together the curriculum of young jobseekers coming from all EU28 countries + Norway and Iceland interested in a professional experience abroad, and job/traineeship vacancies of European employers looking for young workers. We provide support – information, recruitment, matching, placement and funding – for both young jobseekers and employers interested in recruiting from outside their home country.

In particular we offer the following services:

  • Pre-placement support: to employers to identify their real needs and define their job vacancy, to jobseekers to register on the platform.
  • Recruitment and matching services;
  • Financial benefits: for jobseekers to cover their travel expenses, enabling them to attend job interviews and settle in other EU countries to take up employment; for SMEs if they provide an integration programme to their newly hired young workers
  • Language courses or other forms of training for pre-selected jobseekers
  • Support for the recognition of qualifications of pre-selected jobseekers
  • Mentoring support for trainees.


Eligibility conditions

To participate in the initiative and benefit from our recruitment and support services, you must comply with the following requirements:


  • Nationality of a EU28 country + Iceland and Norway
  • Age 18-35
  • Legally resident in a EU28 country + Iceland and Norway
  • Seeking a job or traineeship in another EU28 country + Iceland and Norway


  • Large-sized organization or SME located in a EU28 country + Iceland and Norway

Work placement:

  • Minimum 6-months contract duration, full- or part-time work placement (no less than 50% full-time equivalent)
  • Be located in a EU28 country + Iceland and Norway other than the country of residence of the young jobseeker,
  • Comply with national labour and social protection laws and ensure adequate protection and benefits
  • Ensure pay and a written contract
  • For traineeship: provide on-the-job skill learning and training, re-settlement support and issue a certificate/declaration of acquired skills and competences at the end of the assignment.

YfEj covers all the EU28 country + Iceland and Norway:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.


Why Your first EURES job?

The YfEj scheme aims to give young people valuable job and training experience.

The Programme is first of all one of the tools developed by the European Commission to face youth unemployment in Europe, making it easier for them to gain work experience in another Member State.

But it is also based on the idea according which professional mobility is always a source of empowerment and growth for all the actors involved: the mobile worker, who will live new cultural, personal and professional experiences, and the employer, who will benefit from a multi-cultural staff characterized by different and complementary approaches, know-how and professional backgrounds. Movement of people means movement of cultures, intelligences and ideas and “positive contaminations” between European workers and citizens.

Mobility is also one the means promoted by the European Commission to strengthen the European citizenship, reinforcing the feeling of belonging in a common society and limiting stereotypes and racist phenomena. Professional mobility enables the construction of a citizenship based on reciprocate knowledge and on the sharing of everyday life.

The EU is funding different YfEj projects. To have a full view of the current initiatives, please check EURES webpages for jobseekers or employers.


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