December 05, 2012

Education to employment: Designing a system that works

Some 75 million young people around the world are unemployed, yet most employers say they cannot find enough qualified candidates for entry-level jobs. What skills will help young people find work, and what is the most effective way of delivering them?

A new McKinsey report finds that employers, education providers, and young people live in parallel universes with dramatically different perspectives and little engagement. Drawing on a survey of some 8,500 stakeholders in 9 countries, as well as an analysis of more than 100 education-to-employment approaches across 35 countries, the research also finds that three junctures are critical for taking action to address the crisis: enrolling in postsecondary education, developing skills, and seeking employment.

To explore the issue of youth unemployment and to read case studies of successful programs, visit the McKinsey on Society Web site.

Register for a live Web event on Monday, December 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EST), where we'll bring together academics and government and business experts to discuss the findings of the report.

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