The problem addressed by the campaign:
- Each year, a growing percentage of Germany’s graduates leave high school with limited prospects for securing full-time employment – and no clear means of turning their situation around.
- The problem translates into a range of challenges and costs, including a widening socioeconomic gap and a high demand for public assistance.
- To combat this problem, the country’s federal employment office spends approximately 6 billion euros (approximately US$ 8.3 billion) each year on support programmes targeting the transitional period between high school and employment. By most measures, however, this spending has had limited impact. Currently, an estimated 600,000 disadvantaged German youths lack the qualifications to hold a full-time job.
Conclusions and Recommendations:
- Conventional commercial training and employment agencies face challenges when trying to meet the needs of all stakeholders in the current system, and they are generally driven by political, educational, or business interests.
- JOBLINGE creates a platform for all groups and systematically engages the community to help youth effectively.
- A collaborative public-private partnership offers potential for success.