Eurofound report on school-to-work transition

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On 24 July, Eurofound, the European Union agency for the improvement of living and working conditions, published a report that maps the youth transitions in Europe. The publication analyses the labour market situation of young people in Europe and the amount of time it takes to start the first job after education.

The authors acknowledge that young people have suffered the most in terms of employment prospects and confirm that the prolonged jobs crisis hinders young people to successfully move from school to work. They suggest it may have also forced them to become less selective, accepting part-time employment and temporary contracts. This is a worrying situation, since research found that less than a quarter of young people employed on temporary contracts succeed in getting a permanent contract.

The researches have estimated the high cost of unemployment and disengagement, with 18 countries having recorded their highest levels of youth unemployment since the onset of the crisis. The loss to European economies of having such a large proportion of young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) is estimated at € 162 billion. The report concludes with suggestions on how to increase the effectiveness of policy measures to support young people in their transition from school to work and criticise the lack of systematic monitoring of the results of these programmes.

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