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Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political Science

Research project: Getting in and getting on in the youth labour market: entry process, under-employment and skill formation in regional economies

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This project is funded until September 2016 by the ESRC, as part of the LLAKES Centre for Research in Learning and Life Chances (PI: Andy Green, grant reference ES/J019135/1)

I am working with Dr Rachel Wilde to explore different entry routes by which young people aged between 18-30 of diverse backgrounds and in different regions of the United Kingdom may access sustainable jobs and build careers, particularly in times of economic austerity. Primarily focussing on internships, volunteering, apprenticeships, enterprise and work experience schemes, we are undertaking ethnographies in case study sites in Scotland, the North-East, the South-West, the South and London. Combining observation, interviews and visual methods we are working with key stakeholders in youth unemployment as well as young people to investigate examples of good practice by which young people may enter the labour market and develop good quality working lives.

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Institute of Education

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