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Research project

Getting In and Getting On in the Youth Labour Market

Project overview

A number of ‘Youth Labour Markets’ now exist in the UK providing differentiated opportunities for an expanding age group (16-26) seeking and preparing for different forms of work. Mass youth unemployment has been paralleled by a growth in under-employment, with many young workers on temporary part-time contracts, many struggling at the same time to enter a career of choice. Young people are also competing for often limited and highly competitive places through the growing use of different forms of extended entry practices (internships, voluntary work placements, enterprise schemes, employability programmes and apprenticeships) across the public, private and voluntary sectors. The aim of this project is to examine the extent to which strategies for regional economic growth and regeneration depend on, exacerbate or ameliorate these entry route practices for young people, and how young people fare across different regions of the UK in terms of transitioning from education into sustainable work and careers.


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