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 using young people's skills at work

When they enter the world of work, young people need to use and enhance their skills to strengthen their employability. Many young people who have just left the education system are likely to have the most up-todate skills in certain areas. At the same time, these skills may not be fully in line with employers’ needs and making full use of them will take time. Some youth find that the skills they have acquired at school are simply not needed on the labour market. This chapter discusses how young people’s skills are used at work.

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