The first several hundred job placements for young Europeans will be available this spring through the newly launched European Solidarity Corps. Thousands more will follow in the coming months.

According to a European Commission press release, accredited organisations that will provide solidarity placements can now use the database to find potential employees, trainees or volunteers for their activities.

“Today, the European Solidarity Corps is taking a huge step towards delivering on the ground,” said Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, on March 8. “Now that we are opening our database to organisations and public authorities, matching can start and the first young Europeans will soon begin their activities. I am proud to see that many young people have already joined the Corps and are ready to make a difference. Now I encourage organisations to follow suit and provide as many placements a possible.”

In turn, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: “Today we lay another building block of the European Solidarity Corps. With the opening of the online matching tool to organisations and partners providing placements European Solidarity Corps members can start making a positive impact on the ground while acquiring invaluable skills for their future life and career.”

A wide range of organisations can offer European Solidarity Corps placements: non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, national, regional and local authorities or social enterprises, for example. In this first phase, organisations interested in participating in the European Solidarity Corps can apply for funding through existing EU funding programmes. Currently, eight programmes support the European Solidarity Corps.

When registering, apart from their personal details, young people can indicate their skills, experiences, availabilities, preferences, and motivation, as well as upload their CVs.

According to the Commission, the European Solidarity Corps offers young people between the ages of 18 and 30 fresh opportunities to take part in a range of solidarity activities that address challenging situations across Europe.

Since the launch, more than 20,000 young Europeans have registered – the objective is to have 100,000 young people joining by the end of 2020.