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Youth Policy and Participation, Potentials of participation and informal learning in young people's transitions to the labour market, A comparative analysis in ten European regions (YOYO), EUR 23189

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00072
Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

The project was concerned with the de-standardisation of young people's transitions to work and the way in which this affects their citizenship status and their motivation to engage in lifelong learning. The relationship between structure and agency in youth transitions was analysed across a range of EU contexts: Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK. In analysing young people experiences of their transitions significant de-motivation was evident, in particular where resources and opportunities were restricted due to low attainment, gender, ethnicity or lack of job opportunities. Young people's motivation was seen as a dynamic process related to the fulfilment of needs, generation of interest and development of self-efficacy. De-motivation was rarely related to training and work per se, but rather linked to the conditions that are imposed on young people in the formal settings of training and labour market programmes.
The project aimed to investigate the conditions under which policies succeed in motivating young people to engage in their transitions. Analysed case study projects showed that participation can be an important way to enhance motivation if it means choice, flexibility, open outcomes, space for experimentation, trust, holistic support, rather than a focus on individual deficits; in short: non-formal education that allows for the development of reflexive learning biographies.

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Record Number: 7320 / Last updated on: 2006-04-11
Category: MISC