Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Friday presented his First Job programme that is aimed to offer a guarantee of two-year employment for more than 100,000 young people starting from 2016.
The programme is part of the presidential Good Start for the Young scheme and is addressed to school and university leavers under 30 years of age who have found it hard to find their first job. It will be financed by the Polish Labour Fund and EU funds.
"The 'First Job' programme is addressed to young people and employers. It seems to be attractive and conducive to decreasing unemployment among young people," President Komorowski said as he presented the initiative. He added that Poland was the second most effective EU country for reducing youth unemployment.
The programme is also "an excellent response to the problem of the so-called junk work contracts," according to the president.
Labour Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, who took part in the presentation, said the programme would offer stable employment to young people and pro-employment subsidies to businesses, stressing that the agreements would be full-time job contracts.
The government will subsidise every new job with PLN 2,100 monthly for the first year of employment. "In the first year we will bear the full costs, but we also encourage employers to contribute some amount," the minister said. In the second year of the programme "we suggest investing in human capital, raising qualifications, skills and job quality."
The programme is to cost some PLN 2.7 billion. (PAP)