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 using young people's skills at work

This chapter discusses policies to improve the match between skills and jobs, to encourage youth to make better use of their skills on the job and to remove barriers to entrepreneurship, which can be an alternative for youth to use their skills. Many different policies influence the use of skills and the matching process both on the side of employees and employers, and therefore, efforts should be on many fronts: removing barriers to geographical mobility, designing consistent national and international qualification frameworks but also promoting effective work organisations and removing barriers to youth entrepreneurship.

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