The EU reports that the youth unemployment rate stands at more than 20 % for the EU as a whole, and is above 50 % in some Member States. The global crisis is considered as one of the main reasons, yet not the only cause of unemployment. Poor education and a lack of skills also contribute to joblessness according to the EU officials. Among young people in the EU, about 20 % are not reaching minimum levels of basic skills in reading, maths and science. The mismatch between the skills being asked for by employers and those being offered by job applicants is called the skills gap. It is one of the most acute problems with regard to education and training that European countries face. Bridges are needed to close the gap. The most solid bridge is education and training.