At the beginning of 2015, more than four million young people under 25 were unemployed across the 28 member countries of the European Union.
While these figures from the EU's official data provider Eurostat are heading in the right direction, down from the same time last year, some countries are still suffering the effects of the economic crisis that has hit Europe hard over the last seven years or so.
And it seems to be the young who are the hardest hit. While the overall unemployment rate for the EU in January 2015 was 9.8 percent, it was nearly 22 percent for those aged under 25. In Spain and Greece, every other young person is unemployed – the countries' youth unemployment rates are around 50 percent.
Compare this with German and Austrian youth unemployment at the beginning of this year – 7.1 and 8.2 percent respectively – and it's clear to see that a great deal of work still needs to be done.
CNBC takes a look at one way to get more young people in Europe back to work: Apprenticeships.
What does a 'European style' apprenticeship look like?
For many, when it comes to apprenticeships, Germany's are the gold standard. So what do they involve?
According to the website of Make It In Germany – a portal operated by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy – a German apprentice will usually spend three or four days a week training at a company, with the rest of their time spent, "at a vocational school, where apprentices receive a theoretical grounding in their future job."
Make It In Germany go on to explain that an apprenticeship in Germany will usually last between two to three and a half years, with apprentices earning around 650 euros a month from a 'training allowance'. Once their apprenticeship is completed many go on to gain full time employment with the company they learnt their trade at, with opportunities for further training and managerial roles if they perform well.
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Apprenticeships can be taken on in a range of sectors, from nursing to manufacturing. According to the website of Germany's Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), "About 525,300 juveniles in Germany concluded a new apprenticeship contract within the dual system (enterprise/vocational school) in 2013."
The picture is not all rosy, however. Destatis went on to conclude that, based on provisional figures, the number of young people completing vocational training was down 4.3 percent compared to 2012.