ERIC Number: ED174536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Education and Youth Employment in Belgium.
The education/employment situation of young people in Belgium is examined as part of a project to broaden perspectives on social, educational, and employment issues in contemporary societies. Because of Belgium's complex cultural and linguistic make-up (59% of Belgians are Dutch-speaking Flemish; 41% are French-speaking Walloons), it is difficult to define clearly the most significant characteristics, signs, and trends affecting employment and education. One trend which was especially meaningful to youth of both cultural groups was the growth of the relative position of youth in Belgian society in the 1960s. The unemployment rate throughout the 1960s and early 1970s was very low. However, from 1974 to 1979, the rise in unemployment of those under 25 years of age became pronounced. In the area of education, the distribution of youth among types of studies--general, technical, technical/vocational, and apprenticeship--is closely related to social origins. Consciousness of this fact is now encouraging young people and the general public to demand educational equality. Combined with the sense of alienation and frustration felt by youth who are unable to find suitable employment, these negative attitudes about the educational system must be taken into consideration by government leaders as they set national policies. Measures which can be taken to improve the education and employment situation include recurrent education, alternation of work and studies, progressive involvement in working life, and individualization of training. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Adult Education, Comparative Education, Developed Nations, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Income, Living Standards, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Social Problems, Socioeconomic Influences, State of the Art Reviews, Underemployment, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Youth, Youth Employment
Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94704 ($3.50)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education, Berkeley, CA.
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