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

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First experiences on the labour market have a profound influence on later working life. This report on France contains 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, and a set of policy recommendations for further action by the public authorities and social partners.

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Passive and active labour-market policies to mobilise young people into work

In many OECD countries, youth who take their first steps into the labour market often face frequent periods of unemployment interspersed with short-term jobs. There is also a group of “youth left behind” who risk longterm exclusion from the labour market. Job assistance thus needs to be targeted at these two groups of youth. This chapter seeks to determine whether employment measures effectively help mobilise young people into work, and whether they are well targeted at the youth who need them most. Furthermore, in the current economic situation, if additional measures are taken to help young people hit by the crisis, they should concentrate on what works. Section 1 first highlights certain characteristics of French youth in comparison with the other OECD countries.

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