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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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Trends in integrating youth into the labour market

Many young people face difficulties integrating into the labour market. Transitions from school-to-work can take time and include spells of unemployment and short-term contracts. In addition, some youth disengage from education and the labour market; they are not in employment, education or training, often referred to as NEETs. The economic crisis has exacerbated the challenges faced by youth to find a job and maintain employment. This chapter offers an overview of how youth are integrated into the labour market. It also looks at those who have disengaged from education and the labour market and attempts to assess their distance from the labour market in terms of educational attainment, skills and additional barriers they may face.

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