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With a third of the world’s 200m unemployed under the age of 25, FT writers examine threats facing young people, ranging from inadequate skills to ill-health, and emerging solutions to problems both old and new

World risks losing the next generation

Violence and extremism are very real risks if millions of under-25s feel economically or politically excluded

Children are easy targets for the global slave trade

It is estimated that 350,000 young victims a year are taken across borders

BMW apprentice

Apprenticeships: South Carolina has much to gain from being more like Germany

Manufacturers such as BMW and Schaeffler are exporting tradition of vocational training to the world

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Education: Without the right skills, qualifications prove academic

Fewer graduates will flip burgers if business does more to help guide students towards available jobs

children playing with a monitor and keypad

Technology: Schemes equip for online future

Next generation needs the skills to thrive in a connected world

Entrepreneurship: Where failure is part of recipe for success

Groups need to give youths better advice

Diversity: Lack of tolerance over sexual orientation leaves lasting scars

LGBT youth face greater bullying and violence

Health: Delicate balance of risk and reward

Incentives are being used to encourage adolescents to make responsible choices

from left: Nelson Rayner, Esperanza Garcia, Boniface Mwangi

Innovators give voice to charity, climate and creativity

Profiles of Nelson Rayner, Esperanza Garcia, and Boniface Mwangi