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Youth Transitions


Government has the goal of having by 2007, all 15 to 19 year olds in work, education or training, or other activities that contribute to their long term economic independence and wellbeing.

The goal is shared with the Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs. The Department of Labour, the Ministries of Social Development and Education and the Tertiary Education Commission are undertaking work to help support progress towards this goal. As part of its contribution to this project, MSD has produced the following reports on youth transitions.

Youth Transitions Report Series 2003

Executive Summary - Key Findings on Youth Transitions

This paper summarises key findings from the Youth Transitions Research Reports Series 2003.

Young People not in Education, Training or Employment: Key Indicators

This report examines the extent to which young people are not participating in work, education or training; which young people are more at risk of inactivity; how New Zealand has been performing over time and in comparison with other countries; and the geographical distribution of inactivity across the country. The report also looks at related indicators of youth wellbeing, including unemployment, fertility, and educational attainment.

Labour Market Programmes for Young People: A Review

This report examines the effectiveness of a range of labour market programmes for young people including: case management; training programmes; job subsidies; job search assistance; direct job creation and measures to encourage retention in and return to education and training. The report reviews what interventions are most effective for young people from indigenous and ethnic minority communities.

Reconnecting Young People – A Review of the Risks, Remedies and Consequences of Youth Inactivity

This report sets out to identify the consequences of young people not participating in work, education or training; why young people become inactive and what is effective in increasing their participation. The research reviewed consists mainly of longitudinal studies and outcome evaluation studies of interventions.

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