young job-seekers and the skills shortage

More than 450,000 young adults who should be building careers lack the skills they need to do it, particularly in communication, team-working, and customer service. Entry-level jobs used to teach these skills. The job market having shifted in the last decade, however, those jobs are no longer there. The Work Foundation warns of a long-term problem if too many young people fail to join the workforce. Plenty of jobs do exist, points out the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. But because of a mismatch betyween the aims of education authorities and employers, many of these jobs go unfilled — in spite of the growing surplus of unemployed young people. Read about this important paradox here.

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