The Council adopted the recommendation on establishing a youth guarantee in April 2013. This calls on Member States to ensure that all young people under 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed. The youth guarantee is an outcome-focused approach — it is about giving young people a real opportunity to increase their employability with a view to sustainable labour market integration, thus boosting overall youth employment rates. The four month timeframe for... providing an offer to the young person is important in order to reduce the potential scarring effects of periods of unemployment: studies have shown that the risk of long-term negative impact increases with time spent unemployed. The good-quality nature of offers under the youth guarantee is essential in order for this to happen.