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School to Work Transition

What we do

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports the development of knowledge, interventions, programs, School to Work Research  and policies aimed at enhancing the relevance and appropriateness of the competencies and skills acquired by young people in the education system so that they contribute to their successful transition from school to work.

Objective

Contribute knowledge and experience to the design of policies with the aim of incorporating actions to diminish the gap of knowledge, learning, skills and competencies between school and the labor market.

Why School to Work Transition?

Despite significant progress made in access to secondary education, middle school in particular (the first three years of secondary school), learning levels in Latin America are low and unevenly distributed according to socioeconomic status. Moreover, young people in the Region are finding it increasingly more difficult to enter into the labor market, and a considerable segment of young people is in one of the following three situations: unemployed, employed in low-productivity and low salary jobs, not in school and not working. Although not the sole factor, the disconnect between schools and the labor market appears to exacerbate these problems.

Indicator

Two thirds of 15-year old students in the Region scored a second grade (primary school) level on the PISA reading test, and 80% attained the same level on the mathematics test.

According to estimates made by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2005, 57 of the 106 million young people in the region were unemployed, employed in inadequate jobs, not in school, or not interested in looking for work.

By The Numbers


Two thirds of 15-year old students in the Region scored a second grade (primary school) level on the PISA reading test. In 2005, 57 of the 106 million young people in the region were unemployed, employed in inadequate jobs, not in school, or not interested in looking for work.

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