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OECD Skills Outlook 2015

Youth, Skills and Employability

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Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. In some OECD countries, one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach. While education , social, and labour market policies have key roles to play, co-ordination between public policies and the private sector is also crucial. The publication, which builds on the results of the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) presented in the first edition of the Skills Outlook, also presents examples of successful policies in selected countries.

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Policies towards improving young people's education and skills

All levels of education – from pre-primary to tertiary – and all modes of education – from learning on the job to massive open online courses – can help to prepare young people for the world of work. This chapter focuses on how governments, policy makers and educators can ensure that all young people leave school well-equipped to enter – and succeed in – the labour market.

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