What is the European Solidarity Corps?


Your company for a Europe of solidarity

The European Solidarity Corps is a professional mobility scheme for employers in the European Union operating in the solidarity sector or offering solidarity-related jobs, apprenticeships or traineeships. Funded by the European Commission, it was announced by its President, Jean-Claude Juncker, in September 2016 and officially launched in December 2016.
Run by Pôle emploi, the French Public Employment Service, and its European partners for the occupational strand, it offers employers the chance to invest in Europe’s youth and to recruit motivated young people for a period ranging from two to twelve months.

A win-win approach

The aim of the European Solidarity Corps is to get thousands of young Europeans into or back to work. How so? Through the implementation of a professional project and an “inspiring” activity.
For your company, this is an opportunity to put your belief in solidarity into practice within a European Union context. You can use your participation in the European Solidarity Corps scheme to enhance your CSR report and even contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

All employers are concerned

The job, apprenticeship and traineeship offers which are eligible for the European Solidarity Corps concern all companies in the solidarity sector in the widest sense: food aid, healthcare, social inclusion, reception of migrants and refugees, environmental protection, culture, education and so on. All companies, whatever their activities and their legal status, can take part as long as their offers are solidarity-related.

These offers must:

  • Be paid,
  • Be the subject of an employment, apprenticeship or traineeship contract or agreement lasting two to twelve months,
  • Comply with the European Solidarity Corps charter, its missions, its principles of solidarity and respect for human rights and human dignity,
  • Offer quality activities in an environment that respects people.

At the end of the period of placement, you must provide the young person with a certificate detailing the activities carried out in your company.

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