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Skills in Latin America Report

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Skills in Latin America Report


Despite a remarkable recent increase in attainment levels by young people in Latin America, they are still struggling in the labour market and young adults are much more likely to be unemployed than those aged 25.

PISA data from 10 LAC countries show that teenagers in secondary education are struggling to form clear expectations about their future careers. Their expectations about occupations are highly concentrated in a small number of largely professional jobs and are poorly aligned with actual patterns of labour-market demand.

Teenagers in LAC countries are less likely than OECD’s to be offered the chance to explore potential options through important activities that allow students to engage directly with the world of work, such as job fairs, workplace visits or internships. Looking across the data, it is girls and students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds who typically have most to gain from more effective career guidance.

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