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Young people on the edge (summary)

Labour market inclusion of vulnerable youths

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The unemployment among young people is considerably higher than the overall unemployment in the Nordic region. A growing group of young people in the Nordic countries are at a great risk of permanent exclusion with regard to working life and society, perhaps for much of their adult lives. Unemployment among young people is a permanent structural problem, but it has increased as a result of the global economic crisis. The Nordic Council of Ministers has asked the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues to analyze, how one in the Nordic region most effectively can contribute to increased inclusion of vulnerable people in the labour market. The report Young people on the edge (summary) – Labour market inclusion of vulnerable youth is a result of this work.

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Young people on the edge of school and work

This chapter will be based on two important, comparative reports on this subject: A Nordic report entitled: “16–24-year-olds Dropping out from Education in the Nordic Countries” (2010) and an OECD report entitled: "Education at a Glance" (2011). In Finland and Sweden around 8 out of 10 pupils left upper secondary school with examination certificates over the course of approx. five years (the normal time + 2 years). In Denmark and Norway this number was 7 out of 10 pupils, and in Iceland 6 out 10 pupils completed their upper secondary school education. This is shown i.a. in Figure 1 below. This means that approx. 2–3 out of 10 pupils dropped out, apart from in Iceland where approx. 4 out of 10 dropped out. The number dropping out is higher for vocational subjects than general subjects and is higher among boys than girls.

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