Theme 1 Project 3: Getting in and Getting on in the Youth Labour Market

Research Team:
Professor Pauline Leonard, University of Southampton
Dr Rachel Wilde, Institute of Education, University of London.

Getting In and Getting On in the Youth Labour Market: Entry Practices, Under-Employment and Skill Formation in Regional Economies is an important new project investigating the fact that a number of ‘Youth Labour Markets’ now exist in the UK, each providing different opportunities for an expanding age group of 18-30 year olds. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based at the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) at the Institute of Education and University of Southampton.

As youth employment is an important issue for both government policy and employers, there is a real need to understand the increasing number of different ways of ‘getting in’ to work (internships, voluntary work placements, entry tournaments) across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Different regions within the UK have instituted strategies for local economic growth and regeneration which often include schemes to help young people access new skills and get into work. We know very little about the success of these schemes and how young people’s experiences of getting into work and getting on within their careers varies across the different regions of the UK. The project will take a comparative approach by looking at five different regions across the UK to explore entry schemes, employment opportunities and early careers.

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