• Austria's news in English
Chancellor: ‘Compulsory education or training until the age of 25’
Christian Kern on ORF 2. Photo: ORF

Chancellor: ‘Compulsory education or training until the age of 25’

The Local · 6 Sep 2016, 09:18

Published: 06 Sep 2016 09:18 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

He told the ORF that this should lead to full employment in Austria. He also suggested that one way to boost people’s chances of gaining employment would be to raise the age for compulsory education or training to 25 - a move that might prove unpopular. 

Currently young people aged 18 and under must be in school or training programmes. Kern added that he wants to see more opportunities for adult education created.

The chancellor admitted that the recent rise in the number of migrants and refugees coming to Austria is a challenge for the labour market, but that the government is focussing on reducing the number of immigrants to a “manageable figure”, and making integration a priority.

When asked about his future as chancellor, Kern said he is confident he will remain as the head of the government for the next ten years - but doesn’t believe that it’s right for anyone to remain in power for more than two terms.

Political scientist Peter Filzmaier dismissed Kern’s announcement that he plans to create 200,000 new jobs as nothing more than “populism”, pointing out that there will be a general election in 2018, and the SPÖ may not hold onto its majority in the coalition.

He added that Kern’s biggest strength is that he is not the unpopular former chancellor Werner Faymann - but that the next big challenge will be finding a suitable coalition partner after the general election.

Story continues below…

The SPÖ and its coalition partner since 2008, the centre-right People's Party (ÖVP), have dominated Austrian politics since World War II but their support has been sliding in recent years.

The far-right Freedom Party has tapped into growing unease about immigration after Austria saw 90,000 people claim asylum last year. And the two main parties have also presided over a rise in unemployment, with Austria losing its crown as the EU member with the lowest unemployment.

For more news from Austria, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
Verdict on swimming pool rape case overturned
The Theresienbad swimming pool in Vienna. Photo: Wikimedia

An Iraqi refugee who was jailed after claiming it was a sexual emergency when he raped a boy in a swimming pool has had the sentence overturned.

Vienna Comic Con promises to be 'bigger and more galactic'
Cosplay star Yaya Han. Copyright: Yaya Han/Bryan Humphrey

Comic Con returns to the Austrian capital on November 19th-20th at the Messe Wien.

Three refugees arrested on drugs charges
Cannabis plants. Photo: J. Patrick Bedell/Wikimedia

A gang of three Afghani drug dealers has been busted in Vienna.

Hungarian woman crushed by snowcat piste machine
Snowcat machine. Photo: Melensdad/Wikimedia

A young Hungarian woman has died after being crushed by a snowcat piste machine on the Dobratsch mountain in Carinthia.

Austrian policeman sentenced over 'Heil Hitler' salute
Photo: Flickr

A policeman in Austria was sentenced on Thursday for shouting "Heil Hitler" at a driver during a traffic check at the Hungarian border in April.

Scary clown craze endangers crucial work of clown 'doctors'
Photo: Bojan Tavcar

Within the last couple weeks, disturbing events involving masked individuals has caught public attention in Austria.

Chimney sweep rescues lost mushroom picker
Photo: James Lindsey/Wikimedia

A 76-year-old Austrian man who went out mushroom picking almost froze to death after getting lost and spending the night in the forest.

Refugees sold into forced prostitution
File photo: UNHCR

Female refugees are being sold into forced prostitution in Austria, a police investigation into human trafficking has found.

Driverless bus takes a spin around Salzburg's old town
The Arma driverless shuttle bus. Photo: Navya

A driverless minibus has made a test journey in the city of Salzburg.

No jail time for asylum seeker who dumped baby in road
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

A man who grabbed his own child and dumped her in the middle of a busy road has been given a nine-month suspended sentence.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 brilliant German words you won't find in English
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Five films which will change your mind about Austrian cinema
Those surprising Austrians!
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
100 years since the last emperor's death
Afghani family's new home in Austria
Der you learn Deutsch?
Delighted by the light
Beware these passport scams
Of course we skipped Oarsch
Foodies rejoice at the choice!
Travel & Tourism
10 years after her escape from captivity
Surviving the Brexit for British expats
Day 2 of the World Bodypainting Festival 2016
Is Islam hostile to Western society?
Bodypainting festival in southern Austria
Europe's ice cream capital
Best Austrian beauty spots
Travel & Tourism
Three days in Vienna as a tourist
How to make friends in Austria
jobs available