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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.

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

There is a big mismatch between the types of education and skills that young people have and those needed by companies. This can lead to situations in which youth unemployment is high while simultaneously, there is a large number of vacancies that are difficult to fill.

Coordinated and extensive surveys of firms can provide a picture of what skills in what quantity are needed. Given that companies are willing to commit to hire, young people can agree to participate in specific education and training programs. Cooperation between universities and firms would be essential.

    Related Solutions

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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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    Promote vocational training and foster uptake.

    Promote vocational training and foster uptake.

    Promote vocational training and foster uptake.

    Polity, Business
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    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
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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