Jobs for Youth/Des emplois pour les jeunes: Greece 2010

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Improving the performance of youth on the labour market is a crucial challenge in OECD countries facing persistent youth unemployment. Whatever the level of qualification, first experiences on the labour market have a profound influence on later working life. This report on Greece 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. The report is based on the proceedings of a seminar and is published in English only. However, a French translation of the summary and main recommendations has been included in this volume.



Workforce development: remedial education and employability measures

In many OECD countries, the first steps on the labour market are characterised for youth by the experience, sometimes repeated, of unemployment interspersed with spells of inactivity. Thus, it is important that young people have sufficient incentives and means to return to work. For instance, jobless youth often lack the job-search and interview skills needed for a smooth return to work and, for them, good-quality guidance and support by the public employment services play a crucial role. The provision of these services should ideally follow a mutual-obligations principle by which youth must actively seek work in exchange for targeted actions to help them find a job.


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