OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability
The OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability makes clear that where education and the labour market co-exist as two separate worlds, it is very difficult for young people to manage the transition from one to the other. Young people are best integrated into the world of work when education systems are flexible and responsive to the needs of the labour market, when employers are engaged in both designing and providing education programmes, when young people have access to high-quality career guidance and further education that can help them to match their skills to prospective jobs, and when institutionalized obstacles the enter the labour market, even for those with the right skills, are removed.
One of the central messages of this volume is that a concerted effort – by education providers, the labour market, tax and social institutions, employer and employee organisations, and parents and young people themselves – is needed to create these conditions. Youth unemployment and underemployment have adverse and long-lasting consequences for both the individuals and the countries involved. It is in everyone’s interest, then, to work together so that young people have a smoother and faster route from the classroom to the workplace.