Youth transitions to employment: longitudinal evidence from marginalised young people in England

SANDERSON, Elizabeth (2019). Youth transitions to employment: longitudinal evidence from marginalised young people in England. Journal of Youth Studies.

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This paper uses empirical evidence to explore the nature of employment transitions for a cohort of marginalised young people in England. The findings presented reveal the importance of past experiences, largely determined by prevailing opportunity structures, in shaping the present and reiterate the need to see transition as a historical process. Longitudinal data collected as part of an evaluation of a youth employment programme called Talent Match provides the evidence for the paper. The routes participants took in terms of securing and sustaining employment are examined. The paper develops a typology of different transitional groups to explore these routes based on the movement (or lack of) into and out of employment. The relative importance of different factors in explaining the groupings are assessed, with results underlining how the ongoing change participants were encountering in the present was inextricably linked to their past. In response, this paper suggests a reemphasis on understanding youth as both a stage of ‘being’ and ‘becoming’, seeing youth as both a condition in its own right but also part of the life course process, and calls for a more dynamic understanding of youth transitions among policymakers and those designing youth employment programmes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1608 Sociology; 1303 Specialist Studies in Education; 1701 Psychology; Sociology
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2019 14:13
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:26

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