As highlighted in The Updated OECD Youth Action Plan, successful engagement of young people in the labour market is crucial not only for their own personal economic prospects and well-being, but also for overall economic growth and social cohesion. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for policies to support young people in their transiting from education to the labour market. Therefore, investing in youth is a policy priority in all countries, including Slovenia, requiring concerted action to develop education systems and labour market arrangements that work well together.

Following the launch of The OECD Action Plan for Youth in May 2013 and The Updated OECD Youth Action Plan in May 2021, the OECD is working closely with countries to implement the plan’s comprehensive measures in their national and local contexts, and to provide peer-learning opportunities for countries to share their experience of policy measures to improve youth employment outcomes.

The present report on Slovenia is the twelveth of the series “Investing in Youth”, this time undertaken in the framework of a broader technical support project that the European Commission and the OECD have provided to Slovenia during the period 2019-2021, funded by the European Union’s Structural Reform Support Programme. The “Investing in Youth” series builds on the expertise of the OECD on youth employment, social support and skills, and covers OECD countries and key emerging economies. The report presents new results from a comprehensive analysis of the situation of young people in Slovenia, exploiting various sources of survey-based and administrative data. It provides a detailed assessment of education, employment and social policies in Slovenia from an international perspective, and offers tailored recommendations to help improve the school-to-work transition. The report discusses the situation and policies in place until 31 December 2020, and does not cover any changes that have been introduced since 1 January 2021. Additional information related to this review can be found on the OECD website (

This review is the work of the Social Policy Division of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. Sarah Kups and Veerle Miranda (project leader) prepared the report, under the supervision of Monika Queisser (Head of the Social Policy Division). Liv Gudmundson provided editorial support.

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