Young and unskilled workers gets left behind

Unemployment among 16-24 year old young men who are members of unions who organized the most unskilled labour has tripled since 2007. In Denmark the unemployment among the young at 12% but this is nothing compared to countries like Spain were the unemployment among the young is around 40%. Even though there is reason to be worried about this group.

Thomas Bredgaard a researcher within the labour situation in Denmark and associate professor at Aalborg University explains that the current crisis in employment has eliminated the kind of jobs that young men usually had.

He says that – All forms of youth unemployment is worrisome. The young unskilled workers are already the group at greatest risk of being marginalized in the labor market. They risk being overtaken by the new generation. Especially those who come with an education and some vocational skills, assesses Thomas Bredgaard.

He sees an imminent risk that these young men are marginalized in the future labor market and in society. Also because they risk being overtaken by a new generation that comes with training and professional skills that companies need. Skills, which the young people can’t get themselves mainly because they lack the ability and/or willingness to acquire them.

If the situation is to be changed, there is no other option but to get the young men engaged in a vocational education that are in demand in the labor market. This means that we need to change some of the approaches we have had to the academification of the educational system were it requires a lot of reading and academic work to become a plumber, mason or carpenter.

Thomas Bredgaard continues – Unfortunately, not all suitable education and have ambitions in this direction. Yet it is important to get the job centers, education and the other players on the pitch in order to come up with workable solutions. The more time that passes, the harder it becomes to solve the problem, he said.

Thomas Bredgaard emphasizes that he is not educational researcher, “but there are indications that these boys are already losing interest in learning while they go to school.”

– Meanwhile, it was so easy to get jobs during the boom that led some to neglect the need for an education. Now it seems that the crisis hit Denmark extra hard, and it becomes even harder for them to get a foothold in the labor market, says the researcher.

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