Published 22 May 2024

Transition from education to the labour market

School to Work is an initiative within the Baltic Sea Strategy to smoothen the transition from education into the labour market for young people in Europe.

Today, in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy, a completed secondary education is often a requirement for young people to establish themselves in the labor market. More education and skills enhance an individual´s employment prospects, and by extension financial security as well as the opportunity to live an independent life. A well-skilled labour force also contributes to securing society's future skills supply needs. Although the share of early school leavers in the EU has decreased, more needs to be done to reach the 2030 target of a number below 9 %.

School to Work (S2W) is a collaborating platform within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) in the Policy Area Education, Science and Social affairs.

What is a collaborating platform?

The platform School to Work is designed for macro-regional collaboration and strives to stimulate transnational understanding and learning related to early school leaving (ESL)and to young people not in education, employment or training (NEETS). We encourage new initiatives, projects and exchange of knowledge and experiences.

The School to Work initiative addresses specific objectives of the European Pillar of Social Rights and contributes to fulfilling the Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


School to Work is a collaboration since 2014 between a number stakeholders, both public authorities and Non-Government Organizations. Current partners are Norden Association Sweden, SALAR (Swedish Association of Regions and Local Authorities) and Turku City.

If your organization is interested to join the partnership, please contact Gunnar Anderzon.


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