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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 integrating youth into the labour market

Ensuring that all youth leave the education system with the right skills and linking education systems more closely with the labour market (as discussed in Chapter 3) are crucial, but not enough to close the gap between the world of study and the world of work. This chapter discusses how labour market institutions and specific policies can ease youth’s transition towards employment and help those who are not in employment, education or training to re-engage with education or find a job.

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