Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED FLASH October 2009


Getting the young into jobs: the role of partnerships

Ensuring a smooth and quick transition from education to employment and fighting education drop-out trends are key objectives of youth policies across OECD countries. The current economic downturn is once more reinforcing the need for governments to intervene in making labour markets more accessible for the young. In the EU-27 countries, four out of every ten unemployed belong to the age group 16-29 years old, and in the OECD area around 12% of this age group are neither in employment, nor in education or training. Moreover, many qualifications attained at school and university do not meet the requirements of businesses, who today have to survive, compete and grow in globalised and knowledge driven economies.

The to-do-list of governments is long. But, there is growing evidence that those in charge of setting priorities and translating them into effective initiatives are gaining from partnerships. Across OECD countries such partnerships have been active in advancing evidence-based decision making and the effective delivery of policies to prevent the economic downturn producing a ‘lost generation’ of youth to the labour market. Whereas some are more involved in the delivery of policies, and others seek to also influence priorities, targets and the ways of delivery, all share the same aims: to increase the effectiveness of policies to get the young into jobs, in terms of output and outcome achievement, and to improve local governance.

Much can be learned from an international exchange regarding the rationale behind partnership working, successful techniques, the results achieved, and how the pitfalls and barriers encountered have been addressed. This is what the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development seeks to stimulate with the dedicated capacity building seminar on “Getting the young into jobs: the role of partnerships”, 26-28 October 2009 (Trento, Italy). This seminar is for those involved in the priority setting and design, delivery and evaluation of youth policies.


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6th Annual Meeting of OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance


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