Sweden - Investment in youth needed - January 01, 2017

In a report on youth employment, social support and skills, the OECD pleads for the promotion of quality practical training. The report shows that 177 000 young people – nearly 10% of all 15-29 year olds – were not in employment, education or training (NEETs) in 2015, and half of them were not even looking for work. The 2011 upper secondary school reform introduced an apprenticeship track to increase the practical content of VET programmes. Interest in the apprenticeship track remains weak, however, and since programme structures and contents can differ across locations, employers and students may find it difficult to evaluate the skills and qualifications acquired.

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