INCREASING THE EMPLOYABILITY OF DISADVANTAGED YOUTH: RESPONDING TO THE IMPACT OF THE FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC CRISIS
Demand for labour has fallen: large-scale job losses in some sectors; rising unemployment and underemployment; downward pressure on wages; SMEs have been hit hard; informal economy has expanded; reverse migration has increased. There is a real risk of losing youth to long-term un (der) employment if they do not stay attached to the labour market, in education or training. This note looks at ways enhance their employment potential, so that young women and men can more readily enter (or re enter) the labour market as countries rebound. The youth employment issues are no different during an economic crisis, but they affect more young women and men and confront different groups of youth. Therefore the challenges are much greater and the solutions more complex.