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Reducing youth unemployment through mentoring in Basel, Switzerland

Introduction


While unemployment in Switzerland is relatively low (four percent in 2011) a growing number of young people find it increasingly difficult to manage the transition from school to the labour market. An innovative partnership between the two Cantons Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft in Basel has developed a new approach to reduce youth unemployment. Instead of public agencies providing advice to young people about apprenticeships or placements young business leaders provide personalised support through mentoring of young people. The results speak for themselves…

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Emmeline Cooper wrote this case study for Governance International on 26 September 2011

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