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10.06.2015

Youth unemployment and the importance of technology education

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According to a recent study, more than 35 million young people between 16 and 29 in countries within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) don’t have a job nor are they receiving training. These figures could be improved, but it’s up to governments to solve the problem of youth unemployment.

Part of the solution to this situation, in which the young people of these 34 OECD states are off the radar of both education and the labor market, is in using more active educational models with a basis in technology.

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According to the report, which analyzed skills acquired by young people and the possibility of further developing these skills in a job later on, this age group has it pretty tough.

For example, according to the study, in Spain the skills one needs on the job aren’t the same as those one learns as a student, which means that these skills aren’t well developed.

However, this Mediterranean country is not the only in which the situation could be better. The data for the United Kingdom and France also showed that the skills learned in universities are not subsequently developed. Moreover, the study says that young people who are unemployed and no longer studying are actually getting farther away from the labor market.

The counterpoint is in Finland. With results much higher than the average for the OECD, it is one of the few EU states where the young unemployed remain close to the labor market and can still develop skills acquired during their education.

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The Finnish education system is one of the keys to the country’s professional success. Here, youth unemployment is only around 20% (whereas in Spain it exceeds 50%). Their educational system rewards curiosity and participation and perfectly exemplifies how programs that go beyond traditional education are necessary to eliminate the problem of youth unemployment. In fact, Finland has even replaced learning handwriting with typing lessons.

Therefore, if the OECD provides a quality education system and employment services it will give a second chance to those who have not received the necessary education. Additionally, it’s essential to have programs that prepare students from childhood to acquire relevant skills using technological resources.

The future is promising and goes hand in hand with technology, as demonstrated by pioneering initiatives like mSchools in Catalonia and Barcelona.