Considering the education-to-employment system as a highway with three critical intersections -- enrolling in postsecondary education, building skills, and finding a job -- this research has determined places where students take wrong turns or fall behind, and why. With increased data and innovative approaches, employers, educators, governments and youth can create a better system.
- Successful Strategy: In successful programs, employers actively engage with education institutions (and vice versa) and both parties work with youth early and intensely. Collaborations within industries are also promising, especially when there are Ã¢â‚¬Ëœsystem integrators' taking high-level responsibility.
- Observation: Youth outcomes in the job market vary significantly by country. The top reasons given for not pursuing post-secondary education were: in the U.S. and Brazil, financial cost; in India, did not think it would add value; in Saudi Arabia, not interested; and in Germany, insufficient capacity.
- Observation: Constrained resources of education providers, lack of opportunities for hands-on learning, and hesitancy of employers to invest in training present challenges to scaling up initiatives that can be tackled with solutions involving technology and standardization.