Employability pathways for young adults: lived experiences of learners and practitioners in Youth Guarantee programmes

Boeren, E. , Mackie, A. and Riddell, S. (2020) Employability pathways for young adults: lived experiences of learners and practitioners in Youth Guarantee programmes. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 39(1), pp. 119-131. (doi: 10.1080/02601370.2020.1728405)

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Until today, thousands of young adults still dropout of school with no or low qualifications and experience difficulties in entering the labour market. The European Commission offers funding and opportunities for young adults to enter employability enhancing training, often organised under its flagship initiative ‘The Youth Guarantee’. The aim of these programmes is to make young adults a work, training or educational offer within four months of their start into this initiative. In this paper, we critically explore the concept of employability and focus on the roles of both the young adults undergoing training interventions, but also of practitioners whose work is ideally embedded within the local context of the labour market and the economy. We were interested in the participation experiences by both groups to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of these programmes. Evidence from interviews demonstrated that learners and practitioners were generally satisfied with the interventions, although individualised support was preferred over group-based activities. Working with stakeholders was strongly recommended for this target group who tends to experience cumulative disadvantages. Long-term follow-up of participants’ destinations will provide better evidence on the effectiveness of these programmes.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This paper reports on research undertaken under the project ‘Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe’ (ENLIVEN). This project has received European Governance in Adult Education [23] funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 693989.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boeren, Professor Ellen
Authors: Boeren, E., Mackie, A., and Riddell, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:International Journal of Lifelong Education
ISSN (Online):1464-519X
Published Online:12 March 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Taylor & Francis
First Published:First published in International Journal of Lifelong Education 39(1)119-131 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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