Low-skilled British youth
“Addressing this issue is not only a moral imperative, but also an economic necessity,” said Angel Gurría, said OECD Secretary-General, who launched this report in Berlin.
“Too many young people leave education without having acquired the right skills and, even those who do, are prevented from putting them to productive use. These young people often face a difficult future and need all our support,” he added.
The report suggested
Last week, office of National Statistics announced that the number of the young people out of education, employment or training is at its lowest in the last 10 years.
According to Amy Lalla, director of Let Me Play, an organisation running educational programmes for deprived youth and NEETs, key to bridge the skill gap is to understand that some young people have different needs and to intervene early.
“Not having adequate numeracy and literacy skills directly locks many young people out of labour market. Many of these people didn’t get along with traditional school on the first place, and not having these skills disengage them even further,” she told Blasting News.
The newest findings indeed reveal that 56 percent of the NEETs consider themselves as “inactive”, as they reported that they are not seeking for employment.
“We should not wait until young people become NEETs to intervene. If we are to intervene early, there are
Similarly, "Policies should focus on helping the NEETs, including those who have become disengaged, to renew with education or integrate into the labour market," OECD Skills Outlook 2015 noted.
Youth unemployment and underemployment has long-lasting consequences on both individual and country levels, as one recent study found that one in six NEETs die within 10 years of leaving the school.
Hence, the report highlighted that youth unemployment must be tackled with a holistic approach. It called education organisations, the labour market, tax and social institutions, employer and employee organisations, and parents and young people themselves to incorporate flexible and responsible solutions for youth unemployment.