Youth participation in the labour market in Germany, Spain and Sweden

Floro Ernesto Caroleo and Francesco Pastore

in Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304388 | DOI:
Youth participation in the labour market in Germany, Spain and Sweden

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This chapter describes the impact of training on the employability of the young (aged 18–24) long-term unemployed in Sweden, Spain and Germany. The importance of active labour market policy (ALMP) in various European Union (EU) and non-EU countries is addressed. Additionally, the role of different education and training systems in Europe on the labour market participation of young unemployed people is evaluated. The effect of ALMP on employment is weak in Spain and non-existent in Germany. The best way of improving young people's labour market performance would be to make the general education system more ‘effective’, that is, able to integrate the largest possible number of young people and to have closer links to the labour market, in order to produce relevant qualifications. The results also raise the question of whether ALMP is a good instrument for tackling youth unemployment.

Keywords: youth participation; labour market; Germany; Spain; Sweden; youth employment; education; training systems; youth unemployment

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