Jobs for Youth/Des emplois pour les jeunes: Australia 2009

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Whatever the level of qualification, first experiences on the labour market have a profound influence on later working life. Getting off to a good start facilitates integration and lays the foundation for a good career, while a failure can be difficult to make up.

This report contains - for Australia - a survey of the main barriers to employment for young people, an assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to improve the transition from school-to-work, as well as a set of policy recommendations for further action.


Summary and Main Recommendations - Introduction

In the immediate future, rising youth unemployment will be a major concern for Australian policymakers. The world is currently facing a severe economic crisis that is affecting Australia and worsening the labour market prospects of many of its citizens. However, past experience suggests that in Australia, like in most other OECD countries, any deterioration in labour market conditions is disproportionally felt by the youth.


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