Integration through training: Comparing the effectiveness of strategies to promote the integration of unemployed young people in the aftermath of the 1997 Luxembourg Summit on Employment.
This research project funded between 1999 and 2001 within the Leonardo Da Vinci Programme aimed to compare the effectiveness of a range of strategies to promote the integration of unemployed young people into education, training and employment which have been developed to meet the objectives of the 1997 Luxembourg Summit on Employment in order to reduce levels of youth unemployment. The project was coordinated by the University of Glasgow.
Involved were eight member states which have different systems and traditions of labour market regulation and which have developed, or are in the process of developing, a variety of measures to prevent the marginalisation of young people who become unemployed (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, UK). The researchers analysed differences and similarities in approaches and, through interviews with key officials, policy-makers and providers, developed a typology of measures and highlighted factors which improve effective integration or which represent barriers. The main objective of the research was therefore to exchange knowledge of effective policies on the integration of unemployed young people in order to reduce the risk of marginalisation. It focused on access to vocational education and training as a means of preventing social exclusion especially amongst those with few qualifications.
The research consisted in analysing the programmes and the National Action Plans introduced as a core element of the European Employment Strategy and in expert interviews with policy makers and practitioners in the field of transitions to work.
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