ERIC Number: ED326775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Suggestions for Policy Regarding the Integration of Young People into Working Life. Reports, Studies...S.136.
Bingham, William C.
The transition from school to work has become complicated for young people by accelerated technological advancement, the increase in guidance services offered in many countries, and emerging complexities in the structure and mobility of work forces. Accordingly, this document analyzes several Unesco reports on educational and vocational guidance in various countries, and makes policy recommendations related to integrating young people into working life. These suggestions are directed toward guidance professionals and their associations, public agencies, and national and international bodies. The professional community is advised that the transition from school to work is a long-term process, so that all identifiable dimensions of employability, as a link between training and employment, need detailed attention. It is noted that the diversity of guidance services being offered to an increasingly diverse clientele requires refocusing of service delivery and preparation of professional personnel, with an increased emphasis on cultural differences. Furthermore, cooperation is needed among agencies if they are to effectively collect and disseminate occupational information in a usable form for educational and vocational guidance. This need for cooperation is thought to extend to professional associations and government agencies, as well as across academic disciplines. Suggestions are therefore made to help professionals understand and deal with the daily frustrations of their professional lives and to make more efficient use of demographic projections. Through all of the suggestions, the importance of program evaluation and systematic research into the transition process are emphasized. An abstract of the report is provided in both French and English. References are included. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Div. of Educational Policy and Planning.