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Solution for Tackling Youth Unemployment

The Challenge

Among the world's unemployed, young people have been particularly hard hit. Youth unemployment rates are significantly higher than adult unemployment rates in both developed and developing countries. ...

Among the world's unemployed, young people have been particularly hard hit. Youth unemployment rates are significantly higher than adult unemployment rates in both developed and developing countries. Global protest movements of young people are a manifestation of their lack of job prospects.

Adopt a dual approach to training: address unemployment among educated young people with compulsory on-the-job training and placement schemes and among uneducated young people with vocational training.

Dividing young people into two groups, the educated and uneducated, would increase the impact of policies aimed at reducing unemployment. It would be an approach that recognizes their different training and educational needs, as well as the different skills that they possess and can offer to potential employers.

A solution for educated youth would be compulsory on-the-job training as part of the education system. Campus screening and placement schemes can bring firms and schools closer together and provide a platform for exchanging valuable knowledge.

At the same time, vocational training programs could prove to be optimal for uneducated youth. Provided by government-funded institutions and nongovernmental organizations with local experience, they could be better calibrated to the needs of the participants and local employers.

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    Governments should guarantee the young either a job or access to training.

    Governments should guarantee the young either a job or access to training.

    Governments should guarantee the young either a job or access to training.

    Polity
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    Replace the system of temporary and permanent employment contracts with a single type of open-ended contracts with gradually increasing employment protection.

    Replace the system of temporary and permanent employment contracts with a single type of open-ended contracts with gradually increasing employment protection.

    Replace the system of temporary and permanent employment contracts with a single type of open-ended contracts with gradually increasing employment protection.

    Polity, Business
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    Use extensive surveys of firms to determine skills needs and then steer the young into appropriate education and training programs.

    Use extensive surveys of firms to determine skills needs and then steer the young into appropriate education and training programs.

    Use extensive surveys of firms to determine skills needs and then steer the young into appropriate education and training programs.

    Polity, Business
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    Promote vocational training and foster uptake.

    Promote vocational training and foster uptake.

    Promote vocational training and foster uptake.

    Polity, Business
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    Create Internet platforms that support remote work and "trade in tasks."

    Create Internet platforms that support remote work and "trade in tasks."

    Create Internet platforms that support remote work and "trade in tasks."

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society