|The Transition of Youth from School to Work: Issues and Policies (IIEP, 2000, 188 p.)|
The integration of youth into working life recently became an important policy issue in most countries. Worldwide, the transformation of work and employment has weakened the prospects of a steady, secure job, even for the most educated youngsters. A high level of youth unemployment is one of the manifestations of this phenomenon. The adjustment process to globalization requires young people to develop new skills and the ability to receive, on a lifelong basis, further training to cope with future, unpredictable, labour market changes. For many, it also means more vulnerability. The increasing difficulties met by young people to enter the labour market has led governments to pay particular attention to school-to-work transition.
The book looks at a diversity of programmes and clientele, including school-based strategies for regular students (Korea), non-formal targeted programmes for traditional apprentices (Kenya), youth training programmes for unemployed young adults (Latin America) and comprehensive strategies cutting across target groups and delivery systems (OECD, South Africa).This broad perspective also allows to highlight the complex but necessary interactions between education policies and other fields of government interventions, particularly labour market policies.
Adrienne Bird is Chief Director, Human Resources Development and Career Services, in the Department of Labour in Pretoria, South Africa.
Marianne Durand-Drouhin and Richard Sweet are both Principal Administrators in the Education and Training Division of the OECD Directorate for Education, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Paris, France.
Ahmed K. Ferej is Professor at the Faculty of Education, Moi University, Nairobi, Kenya.
Kioh Jeong is Professor, Graduate School of Educational Management at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea.
Claudio de Moura Castro and AimVerdisco work at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C., USA.
David Atchoarena (ed.) is Programme Specialist at the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO/IIEP) in Paris, France.
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