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How to combat youth unemployment. Karen Roiy, Senior Advisor , Confederation of Danish Employers. Availability of a skilled workforce after the crisis is crucial for Europe's growth potential in the future

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how to combat youth unemployment

How to combatyouthunemployment

Karen Roiy, Senior Advisor,

Confederation of Danish Employers

Availability of a skilled workforce after the crisis is crucial for Europe's growth potential in the future
  • Access to qualified labour is at the core of companies’ competitive strategies. It is an important condition for companies’ decision to produce in a given country
  • A labour force with the appropriate and increasingly high qualifications is therefore very important for attracting investments, securing growth and jobs
the global race
The Global race
  • The global race for best educated population has reached momentum
  • Expenditures for education and for research and development are increasing sharply around the world – and especially in emerging economies
  • Countries such as Korea, China and India has proven to adapt very fast to the educational needs of the 21st century. Becoming both competitive on wages and knowledge
demographic ageing and challenges
Demographic ageing and challenges
  • Ongoing demographic trends = facing major challenges, if growth and living standards are to be maintained
  • More important than ever to tap the full potential of the smaller working age population
  • Young people of today are more educated than ever. At the same time high youth unemployment
  • We must act to ease young peoples’ transitions between school and work
what can be done
What can be done?
  • Greater synergies between the world of education and the world of business should be promoted at all levels
  • There is evidence that well-functioning apprenticeship and internships systems seem to be correlated with low youth unemployment
  • Apprentices/interns bring their academic knowledge to the company and their practical learning in a company to the school
companies look for graduates with work experience
Companies look for graduates with work experience
  • Vital that young people gain experience in the labour market during their studies
  • Combining theoretical and practical training benefits both business and graduates
  • Linking education and employment generates positive synergies between the areas – and secures a smooth transition into employment
a number of countries have substantial workplace training
A number of countries have substantial workplace training
  • Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland have substantial workplace training
  • Iceland and Norway have elements of work based training in their VET-systems
  • Other countries have more school based systems
youth unemployment
Youth unemployment

Unemployment rates (percentage), 2011

Data: Eurostat LFS 2011

vocational education and training
Vocational education and training
  • One explanation for the low youth unemployment in Denmark is found in VET
  • Nearly all VET-graduates are in employment after a year, which also applies to young, male immigrants
  • 2/3 of the training takes place at a company
  • VET-graduates attain solid work experience and can contribute to the production from day one
  • About 70 percent of Danish university students have a student job (typically working 10-15 hours per week)
  • Linking university studies with relevant business cases - such as using the company as a case study for a dissertation - generates positive synergies between the two fields
  • Student workers contribute with the latest knowledge from universities