Especially young people between 15 and 24 have lower participation rates in the labour market. Youth unemployment has strong negative impacts for societies and labour markets alike due to the risk of rising poverty amongst youth as well as a lack of skilled and trained labour in the Baltic Sea Region. Especially missing practical experience and mismatches between education and qualifications that the labour market demands currently pinpoint which in turn makes labour market integration more difficult.
Special attention should be paid to the transition management from school to workplace and occupational safety and health issues. This includes early economic education in schools as well as cooperation between schools and enterprises and other measures such as mentoring and apprenticeships. A comprehensive approach is needed in order to analyse, which qualifications are needed and how to support the personnel development of pupils and students.