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Young People and Transition Policies in Europe

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European Conference for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners on the experiences of young people with support measures for transitions to work, 6-8 June 2002 in Madrid.

From 6 to 8 June 2002 IRIS together with AREA (Asociácion Regional y Europea de Análisis, Valencia) and in collaboration with the Spanish Youth Institute organised a European conference on “Young People and Transition Policies in Europe”. The conference addressed policy makers, institutional representatives and researchers.

The project started from the observation that existing policies struggle with addressing transition related risks of social exclusion effectively. High shares of dropping out and ‘status zer0’ youth withdrawing from formal transition agencies, and of those who are unemployed after participating in training or employment schemes stand for ‘misleading trajectories’: integration policies reproducing exclusion instead. Although focussing different aspects of youth transitions and transition policies the selected projects shared a holistic perspective aiming at integrating systemic and subjective dimensions of social integration; this means matching with changing labour markets as well as meeting young people’s subjective needs and satisfaction. Under conditions of de-standardised transitions the compartmentalisation of transition related policies – education, training, labour market policies, welfare, youth policy – tends to reinforce structures of selectivity and segmentation contributing to social inequality according to education and social background, gender, and ethnicity. The concept of Integrated Transition Policies, one of the joint concepts referred to, aims at a coordination of policies in a biographical perspective which reflects the specificity of individual cases and allow for the active participation of young people as actors of their transitions.

The discussions during the conference centred around policy dilemmas arising from  the research presentations such as the contradictions between competence and employability or between flexibility and security, questions how to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged without stigmatising them and also how to assess the effects of transition policies which includes the question for success criteria which are more comprehensive than counting participants placed in (some) jobs after a scheme.

All participants confirmed that the conference provided a unique opportunity of dialogue between research and policy taking place in a friendly and collaborative atmosphere. A book publication containing the conference proceedings has been published with the Policy Press (López Blasco, A., McNeish, W. & Walther, A. (eds.) (2003) Contradictions of Inclusion: Young People and Policies for Transitions to Work across Europe. Bristol: Policy Press).

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1999-2000 Dead end streets…

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“Sackgassen – Umleitungen – Überholspuren?” – Risks of exclusion and new perspectives in transitions to work

Transnational Knowledge Transfer Project

I. Objectives

This project aimed at improving the situation of young people in their transitions to work by furthering the dialogue between research, practice and policy-making. For this aim, regional conferences were held in four European partner regions to discuss the outcomes of the TSER-funded research network “Misleading Trajectories”).

In Baden-Württemberg there were the following events held:

  • a regional symposium on 20.10.99 in Hohenwart/Pforzheim
  • a further training seminar for pratitioners in the field of transitions to work

II. Partners

The parters within the four regions were:

  1. LIBRA, Cooperativa Sociale di Intervento e Ricerca, Ravenna, Italy
  2. Hope Street, International Arts, Training and Development, Liverpool, UK
  3. AREA (Asociación Regional y Europea de Análisis), Valencia, Spain
  4. IRIS (Institut für regionale Innovation und Sozialforschung) e.V., Tübingen, Germany

II. Project staff at IRIS

Axel Pohl, Sabine Schneider, Barbara Stauber, Andreas Walther

With support from the European Commission’s programme on “Measures to combat social exclusion”

IARD-Study Information

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In 2001, the European Commission charged a cosortium of 18 youth research institutions with the preparation of a comprehensive report on the situation of young people in the European Union. With the Milan-based institute IARD in the lead, the consortium produced a report with three special focuses: the social situation of youths in the EU, youth policies in Europe and the training of youth workers.

IRIS was responsable for the third part of the study – an overview of training systems for youth workers in Europe. A summary of the study is available at the website of the European Commission.

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1994-1998 Substance abuse prevention for immigrant youths

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Cover ReportEvaluation of JUST – “Youth in the Neighbourhood”

Project description

IRIS evaluated this project from 1994-1998.

Project lead:
Beauftragter für ausländische Einwohner der Stadt Mannheim
Herr Helmut Schmitt
Rathaus, E5
68159 Mannheim

Some results were published as:

Pohl, Axel: Jungenspezifische Suchtprävention. In: Deutsche Hauptstelle gegen die Suchtgefahren (Hrsg.): Suchtmittelkonsumierende Jugendliche in Einrichtungen der stationären Jugendhilfe. Manual für die Jugendhilfe. Hamm: DHS, 2002, S. 99-112.

The entire handbook can be downloaded as PDF-Data Download.

Contact at IRIS: Axel Pohl

Other projects on education and learning before 2000

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Evaluation of the pilot project “NEWOL” (New Ways of Learning for SMEs)coordinated by Kolpingbildungswerk Stuttgart; funded by the EC’s LEONARDO-Programme.

1997-1999

Coordination of the research project “Success criteria for the further training of women”; funded by the programme LEONARDO da VINCI.

1997-1998

Research project “Dropping out and secondary education”; coordinated by IARD, Milano; funded by the DG Education and Culture.

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Other projects on migration and integration before 2000

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German co-ordination of the project INTEMIGRA on the topic of migration in Europe, in Germany with a special focus on ethnic Germans. Funded by INTERREG II C (CADSES). Partners are from Italy (e.g. Regione Abruzze) and Greece.

1997-1998
Lodging and housing policies for immigrants in Europe. Co-operation with MAPPAMONDO, Ravenna, Italy.

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Secondary learning effects

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Miles et al 2002Contrary to many training schemes, performing arts offer young women and men the opportunity to present themselves from a less “problem-oriented” side: in fact not as an “early school-leaver” or “under-achiever”, but as a musician, an actor/actress and so on.
Before this background, this research project aimed at learning more about the special learning processes happening in performing arts projects for “disadvantaged” young people which for working purposes we had “Secondary learning effects…”

Research questions and design:

Which active role do young people play in performing arts projects? Which learning potentials do these projects have with regard to the young people’s transitions to adulthood? These questions were explored in three case studies on projects working with young people who are not reached by mainstream education measures any longer: “Hope Street” in Liverpool/UK, “JUST” in Mannheim/DEand “Chapito”, Lisbon/Portugal.
The research design emphasized the active role of the young people by giving them space to develop their own view on their transitions in a self-produced video, biographical interviews and focus groups.

Project partners:

  • CIES, Centro de Investigacao e Estudios de Sociologia, Rui Banha, Maria do Carmo Gomes, Ana Micaela Gaspar
  • University of Plymouth, Department of Sociology, Steven Miles

Coordination:

IRIS e.V., Institut für Regionale Innovation und Sozialforschung, Hechingen/Tübingen, Dr. Barbara Stauber, Axel Pohl, Dr. Andreas Walther

Duration:

1997-2000

Funding:

Own funds, EU-Programme “Youth for Europe” (Contract no. 17/96-E.II-DE-97044)

 

 

Contact: Barbara Stauber, Andreas Walther, Axel Pohl

Axel Pohl

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Foto Axel PohlDr rer.soc., Educationalist

Senior Researcher

Working areas:
European youth and transition research, diversity and social inequality in youth work and youth social work, participation

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