Read the OECD report: Work-based learning for youth at risk: Getting employers on board
The issue and scope
Youth were hit particularly hard by the recent financial crisis as labour market prospects for young people in many OECD countries worsened dramatically. Young people with little or no work experience have low chances of finding a job. As a result, the numbers of youth not in employment, education, or training (NEET) have been rising. High shares of NEET youth are an important concern not least because of the risk of “scarring effects” of early unemployment – being jobless at early stages has a negative effect on labour market outcomes even in the long run. In that context, countries are looking to work-based learning as a means of addressing the challenge. This module will look at work-based learning (WBL) as a tool of integrating at risk youth into the labour market (at risk youth in this module include NEETs and those still in school but at risk of dropping out).
This module will look at the following types of interventions:
The policy implications will be pursued: we will look at different design features, and which characteristics make interventions successful and cost-effective.
A two-day workshop took place in July 2016 in Baltimore, United States and a discussion paper was shared with participants. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss how to design and implement WBL programmes for at-risk youth. It provided countries an opportunity to discuss the initial analytical work, share their experience and also to observe a set of different interventions – organised by the municipalities, schools, and the employment services, as well as non-profits – in the city of Baltimore. A policy report drawing on the discussion paper and conclusions from the workshop was subsequently published in December 2016.
Examples of policy questions explored