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Investing in Youth: Finland

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The series Investing in Youth builds on the expertise of the OECD on youth employment, social support and skills. It covers both OECD countries and key emerging economies. The report on Finland presents new results from a comprehensive analysis of the situation of young people in Finland, exploiting various sources of survey-based and administrative data. It provides a detailed assessment of education, employment and social policies in Finland from an international perspective, and offers tailored recommendations to help improve the school-to-work transition. Earlier reviews in the same series have looked at youth policies in Brazil (2014), Latvia and Tunisia (2015), Australia, Lithuania and Sweden (2016), Japan (2017), Norway (2018) and Peru (2019).

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Improving the transition from school to work in Finland

This chapter takes an in-depth look at the transition from school to work in Finland. It first examines early school leaving and identifies ways to raise completion rates in (vocational) upper secondary education and improve outreach to early school leavers. The chapter then discusses how to ease the transition from upper secondary to tertiary education, by reforming the highly selective tertiary education admission system, improving the student financial aid system and widening the options for vocational students in postsecondary education. Finally, the chapter investigates ways to speed up labour market entry, through tighter collaboration between education providers and the labour market and more attention to mental health in tertiary education.

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