In 2013 the employment rate at 6 months among the under 25s increased slightly to 53.4% from the 2012 figure of 53.2%, showing the downward trend that began six years seems to have come to a stop, according to a Forem study mentioned in the press (La Libre Belgique) on Thursday. The highest employment rates come from the following sources: the Baccalauréat (72%), vocational training (alternation between on site and in the classroom) (66%) and a Masters degree (59%). In 2013, the slump in employment rates affected mainly courses at the lower end of the education spectrum.
For young job seekers with a secondary education background, the highest employment rates are to be found in training options that lead to jobs described as ‘critical functions’ (pharmacy, mechanical, CNC-controlled machining, industrial electrician, industrial electromechanics, food industry).
As far as short-curriculum training is concerned, graduates in occupational therapy, medical biology, nursing and midwifery are top of the list of under-25s finding jobs.
For long-curriculum and university-level training, pharmacists, mathematicians, civil engineers, industrial engineers and graduates in Romance philology and biomedical sciences have the best employment rates at six months.
Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)