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Monday, 30th May 2011

UK: The Way to Work: Young People Speak Out on Transitions to Employment

Source: Young Foundation (UK)

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The world of work and transitions to adulthood and independence are in a state of flux. Globalisation and accompanying technological change have facilitated widespread economic restructuring, with a shift away from manufacturing toward service and knowledge-based economies. Labour markets, organisational forms and employment structures and patterns have shifted, requiring a new type of workforce with new types of skills to adapt to new technologies, new competitors, new economic realities and a rapid pace of change.

In parallel to these trends, young people’s transitions to adulthood are shifting; along with changing patterns of education, employment, marriage and childbearing, transitions have become increasingly complex, risky and uncertain. Young people are facing mounting uncertainty in their transitions from education to work in the context of on-going economic instability: the global economic crisis has highlighted the fragility of young people in the labour market. Young people negotiating their transitions to adulthood, independence and work are faced with unprecedented levels of choice and opportunity, but also far greater levels of uncertainty and risk.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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