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Research Report:

Pathways for Youth to the Labour Market: A Synthesis Report

by Ron Saunders

Pathways for Youth to the Labour Market: A Synthesis Report summarizes the findings of eight CPRN studies carried out over the past two years on the school-to-work transition and identifies the policy implications of this research. The report notes the traditional straight-line path from school to work has given way to a non-linear path that sees young people "zigzag" between schooling and work as they seek to find their way. Students are taking longer to complete their education and become established in the workforce. A key finding is that career development programs and services can reduce dropout rates, increase aspirations and achievement, help people find jobs that match their talents and interests and help employers meet skill needs. The best programs begin early (by grade six).

Release Date: 2 Sep 2008
Number of pages: 43
Document number: 50456