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Playing the numbers game: Connexions Personal Advisers working with young people on Entry to Employment programmes

Russell, Lisa, Simmons, Robin and Thompson, Ron (2010) Playing the numbers game: Connexions Personal Advisers working with young people on Entry to Employment programmes. Journal of vocational education and training, 62 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1363-6820

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Transitions of young people from school to employment, further education or training have been a focus of government policy in the UK for at least the last three decades. Since the late 1990s, numerous policy initiatives have been introduced by New Labour in an attempt to reduce social exclusion through the increased participation of young people in work-related training. This paper reports on a mixed-methods research project exploring Entry to Employment (E2E) provision in the north of England. It outlines the experiences of Connexions practitioners working with learners and staff at four E2E providers and illustrates the complexities involved with young people's transitions to and from E2E programmes. The paper shows that a marketised system driven by targets and funding constraints can compromise the ability of practitioners to best meet the needs of young people struggling with often difficult circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Teaching, Public Pedagogies and Professionalism Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
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Depositing User: Ron Thompson
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 11:58
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:48
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/8664

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