Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) raises
awareness and brings together institutions and organizations to reduce the percentage of early school leaving to less than 10 percent until 2020 in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).
Early school leaving is not only a social but also an economic challenge. Youngsters who do not complete secondary education risk to become NEET – young people who are not in Education,
Employment or Training. According to the latest report by the OECD, the average percentage of NEETs is 10.9%. Costs of NEET in percentage of GDP constitute 0.62 in the Baltic Sea Region (Society at a Glance 2016). Thus several questions arise. What are the best methods to reduce early school leaving? How to succeed with integration of NEET? Which methods are applicable in different situations?
The response of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions is formation of the Flagship “School to Work”. The aim of the Flagship School to Work is to:
Flagship invites private and public institutions and organizations to develop and to strengthen initiatives. Initiatives aim to decrease early school leaving and develop preventative and integrative measures for NEET in the Baltic Sea Region. A strong emphasis, in particular, is on initiatives that provide holistic measures to ease school to work transition and to increase employability of young people.
Flagship “School to Work” is a platform that represents projects in fields of education and employment that aim to prevent early school leaving and to integrate young people who are not in education, employment or training into labour market by use of holistic approach
and with a strategic significance for the Baltic Sea Region.
Social and economic challenges are provoked by early school leaving, youth unemployment and low level of youth employability. Therefore various actors are involved to limit the effects of early school leaving and high numbers of NEET.
Flagship gathers more than 50 members who are actively engaged in prevention of early school leaving and in easing transition from school to work. Members of the Flagship are schools, civil society organizations, municipalities, public employment services, welfare institutions, businesses, academia, and government institutions (regional and national). Membership covers the entire territory of the Baltic Sea Region.
Flagship runs activities since 2012 to strengthen cooperation among institutions and organizations in the Baltic Sea Region.
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