You are here: Home Knowledge Base Society Tackling Youth Unemployment Solutions Promote vocational training and foster uptake.
Symposium 2012

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.

Promote vocational training and foster uptake.

Policies should publicize the importance of vocational training and steer the young towards choosing to acquire more practical and useful skills. Many jobs require training that does not necessarily match the format offered at institutions of higher education. Although the necessary vocational training is in many instances available, young people frequently choose the more general and traditional university education. Based on the specific nature of the economy, policy-makers should emphasize the need for particular sets of skills and provide the best options to young people to acquire them.

Evidence suggests that dual vocational training or apprenticeship systems, combining apprenticeships in firms and formal education at vocational school simultaneously rather than in sequential stages, contributes to lower youth unemployment rates. But for an apprenticeship system to work well, it has to be tightly organized, with close cooperation between schools, workplaces, local employers' organization and unions.

    Related Solutions

    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    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
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    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
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    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
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Polity
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    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