8th March, 2024 (Fri) 


How to promote equitable and successful school-to-work transitions for disadvantaged youth?

Véronique Dupéré
Professor, School of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal

May LEE 
Deputy Chief Executive (Social Rehabilitation & Community Education), SideBySide HK

Bong Joo LEE
Professor, Department of Social Welfare, Seoul National University

Steven NGAI

Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


The global labor market has shifted from manufacturing to service sectors due to economic globalization and advanced technology, resulting in a highly competitive job market. This transition has made it challenging for young people, especially NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), to find employment. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation, particularly for low-paid workers and vulnerable groups. As a result, youth employment rates in over half of OECD countries are still below pre-crisis levels. To address these challenges, international collaboration is crucial to understand NEET profiles and identify effective career and life development (CLD) practices that can help them transition from school to work. This collaboration will provide insights for policy and service improvements, leading to innovative measures to support NEET globally. The plenary session will use longitudinal data from Canada, South Korea, and Hong Kong to explore key profile and good CLD practice for NEET.

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