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Comprehensive youth career development strategy needed

A new report from Canadian Policy Research Networks suggests that youth career development services in most provinces and territories need improvement. From the CPRN news release:

As young people head back to class this week, a major study released today by Canadian Policy Research Networks says they lack the help they need to identify and navigate learning pathways that lead to good jobs.

The CPRN report urges action by all provinces and territories to implement a career development strategy for all young Canadians.Pathways for Youth to the Labour Market: A Synthesis Report summarizes the findings of eight CPRN studies carried out over the past two years on the school-to-work transition and identifies the policy implications of this research.

The report notes the traditional straight-line path from school to work has given way to a non-linear path that sees young people “zigzag” between schooling and work as they seek to find their way. Students are taking longer to complete their education and become established in the workforce.

A key finding is that career development programs and services can reduce dropout rates, increase aspirations and achievement, help people find jobs that match their talents and interests and help employers meet skill needs.

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