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Investing in Youth: Latvia

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This report provides a detailed diagnosis of the youth labour market and education system in Latvia from an international comparative perspective, and offers tailored recommendations to help improve school-to-work transitions. It also provides an opportunity for other countries to learn from the innovative measures that Latvia has taken to strengthen the skills of youth and their employment outcomes, notably through the implementation of a Youth Guarantee.

 

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Raising school completion rates and providing high-quality professional training in Latvia

Education in Latvia has undergone profound changes over the last decades in the context of a declining youth population. Dropout rates have fallen but remain particularly high for young boys and in vocational education. A better sharing of information between schools, municipalities and employment services would be needed to further reduce early school-leaving. Reinforcing career guidance could help by motivating at-risk youth for professional pathways early on. The VET system remains mostly school-based and Latvia would benefit from the development of a system of company-based apprenticeships. Extracurricular activities, which are a tradition and strength of the educational system, should be maintained and further encouraged.

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