In Canada, the youth unemployment rate doubles the adult rate. The rate of underemployment has grown in the last 20 years and currently 30% of youth with jobs in Canada are underemployed.
In the fall of 2015, The Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) http://www.ccdf.ca/ccdf/ undertook a scoping review to examine how to support better school-to-work transitions for youth – those who had left school prior to graduation, who went directly to the labour market after high school graduation and those who had graduated.
The main objectives of the project were to identify what is needed to improve school-to-work transitions of Canadian youth and identify research/programming/policy gaps for future project considerations. The review identified that:
- Promising policies, programs and tools exist, but are generally not effectively implemented, resourced, or utilized;
- Current funding models either prescribe the integration of these programs/curricula with no new funding to support implementation or have difficult application processes that put community-based providers at financial risk and/or at-risk of programming lapses or closures;
- Implementation is too often limited to a minority of students; and,
- There are programming, tools, practices and policies available but implementation, execution and awareness factors get in the way of providing the support needed.
To read the full research report, including outcomes and recommendations Click Here