Vlaams jeugd- en kinderrechtenbeleidsplan 2015-2019 - Page 29

e m p l o ym e n t REDUCING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT Youth unemployment in Flanders exceeds the total unemployment rate. The situation of low-educated young people and young people of immigrant origin in particular is not rosy. A successful employment policy starts at school. Too many young people leave education without a degree or certificate and consequently miss out on labour market opportunities. THE SCHOOL AS A STEPPING STONE TO AN INTERESTING JOB The Government of Flanders is developing a new dual system of working and learning, as well as an unambiguous and easy-to-use legal framework for all types of workplace learning. The aim is to achieve better alignment between education and the labour market. Following a well-founded study and career choice, a start is made already at school on developing career competences and providing pupils in a timely manner with information about the labour market. In this way we prevent young people from ending their school careers without a degree or certificate. CUSTOMISED SUPPORT We aim to support all young people in developing a sustainable career by implementing a number of targeted projects. We focus on training courses for shortage occupations and work experience projects. With the Youth Guarantee Plan the Flemish Service for Employment and Vocational Training (VDAB) wants to guide young people as quickly as possible towards sustainable employment. In this context the emphasis is on lowand mid-educated young people. 29