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McKinsey: Getting Europe’s youth into work

VU International News and Reviews No. 21 January 20 2014

January 2014

Building on their earlier report “Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works”, McKinsey has published its 118 pages report, for which they surveyed 5,300 young people, 2,600 employers, and 700 education providers from eight EU countries (not the Netherlands). The report focuses on four broad questions:
1. Is the scale of youth unemployment problem in Europe a result of lack of jobs, lack of skills,
or lack of coordination?
2. What are the obstacles that youth face on their journey from education to employment?
3. Which groups of youth and employers in Europe are struggling the most?
4. What can be done to address the problem?

The report concludes that there are significant skills gaps and that education institutions tend to underestimate these gaps.
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