The school-to-work transition in Brazil: Patterns and determinants of young people trajectories

This study has one goal: to characterize the trajectories of young Brazilians in the labour market and to reflect on some of their main correlates. These trajectories were identified using data collected by a national ILO Brazil/SWTS “School-to-Work Transition Survey”, which investigated a representative sample of 3,288 young people interviewed in June 2013.

This text is the fruit of process of collaboration and discussions coordinated by the ILO Office in Brasilia, in the framework of the international comparative research Project on “The School-to-Work Transition Survey (SWTS) of Youth”, financed by the Mastercard Foundation.

Technical workshops were held, starting in 2013, and a Consultative Council on the SWTS was created, composed of technical representatives of organizations acting in this area, including the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education, the National Secretary of Youth, the National Statistical Office (IBGE), the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and the Department for Inter-Trade Union for Economic, Social and Statistical Research (DIEESE). The Consultative Council on the SWTS analysed the generic questionaire for
the research project, and revised in light of the Brazilian context and validated the methodology. The questionnaire was applied in face-to-face interviews conducted with a representative national sample of 3,288 young people.