Youth Employment and Training. Australia is now in its ninth year of economic growth (though Australia's export-led growth is now at risk) . How have young people fared in this economic climate? This report, prepared by Richard Curtain, uses recent official data to assess the labour market and education standing of 15 to 24 year olds. Despite the favourable economic climate there remains a considerable number of young adults who face difficulties finding work and staying in education or training. International comparisons show that Australia?s labour market is not as "youth friendly" as other countries that have better coordinated school-to-work arrangements. "How Young People are Faring, Key Indicators 2001", is published by the Dusseldorp Skills Forum.
By Dusseldorp Skills Forum , Australia.
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Moving from Education to Work. The most outstanding feature of education in Germany is its extensive apprenticeship system: approximately two thirds of young people combine learning in schools with in-company training. This system of dual education is considered a main determinant of Germany?s high quality labour force and low youth unemployment. In the Netherlands, dual education also exists, but full-time education in schools is more popular. This paper analyses the labour market performance and the contents, organization and finance of dual vocational education for 13-16 year olds. "The match between education and work: What can we learn from the German apprenticeship system?" is by Corina den Broeder of the CPB - Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. Also of interest is School to Work: Making a Difference in Education by Katherine Hughes, Thomas Bailey and Melinda Mechur (Institute on Education and the Economy) which examines the experience of the US under the School to Work Opportunities Act.
By CPB - Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, Netherlands, US and Germany.
Welfare to Work for Lone Parents. Welfare to work programmes have sometimes concentrated upon those who need little or no training to find and stay in work. Training and support for lone parents evaluates SPAN Study Centre. SSC was set up as a pilot project to address the training and support needs of unemployed lone parents. By Karen John, Sarah Payne and Hilary Land. Published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. For an evaluation of the impact of the US welfare to work programme on lone mothers' employment see Welfare Reform & Lone Mothers' Employment by Jane Waldfogel, Sandra K. Danziger, Sheldon Danziger and Kristin Seefeldt of the UK based Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion.
By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK.
Long Term Unemployment . The incidence of long term unemployment has risen by nearly 1% per annum since the 1970s. Sadly, researchers are still a long way from determining which labour market programmes are effective. AM Dockery and Elizabeth Webster suggest focusing efforts on certain types of individuals coupled with enduring work creation programmes. "Long-term Unemployment and Work Deprived Individuals: Issues and Policies" is published by the Centre for Economic Policy Research.
By Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australia.