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Hard Labour:  Young people moving into work in difficult times 

Martin Allen   October 2015

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Another Great Training Robbery or a Real Alternative for Young People?

 (Rewritten and updated November 2016)


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  Other material on apprenticeships

Download     August 2016   Apprenticeships in England  Impoverished  but laddered   ICERES  paper

Patrick McGurk & Martin Allen    Apprenticeships-in-England

Download     September 2015   YMCA Journal article 

 Apprenticeships. New Opportunities for Young People, or  Another Great Training Robbery?

Download     October  2015     FORUM Journal article

Mr Cameron’s Million Apprenticeships

View     July 2014          Guardian feature ‘Dead end Apprenticeships…..’  ‘Dead end’ apprenticeships are failing to help young people find lasting workyouth-unemployment-skills#start-of-comments

Education Beyond the Coalition. Reclaiming the Agenda

Edited by Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley

ISBN  978-0-9575538-2-8   182 pp  £6.99.  Published Oct 2013


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 John Yandell     Pedagogy     Clare Kelly Primary    

Valerie  Coultas English    Martin Allen  Gove and Exams  

Robin Simmons FE   Patrick Ainley  Universities    

Richard Hatcher LEAs    Ken Jones  How to Respond


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Education in Europe: the Politics of Austerity. 

Edited by Ken Jones.  146 pp

ISBN 978-0-9575538-3-5

Articles on France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Europe. 

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Across Europe, governments have cut educational spending and remodelled education systems. Some of this has been done in the name of austerity. Much of the rest is an attempt to ‘economise’ education, introducing private sector interests, market competition and business-inspired management regimes.

Governments in these ways try to replace one educational order – which allowed a space for critical education and a measure of egalitarianism – with another. It is a project that has in many countries been obstructed or explicitly resisted. This book is about the conflicts that have arisen in the process. Its chapters cover Italy, Spain, France and Greece – countries where high levels of youth unemployment and precarity exacerbate the tensions that have grown up around education’s restructuring. An introductory chapter sets English education in this wider European context, and a final chapter relates education to the segmented and sharply polarised labour markets of Europe.

Contributors – Rosa Cañadell, Guy Dreux, Nico Hirtt, Rosalind Innes, Ken Jones, Anna Traianou.



The  Great Reversal     

Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley     

ISBN   978-0-9575538-0-4   128 pp      Published February 2013

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The Great Reversal develops, expands and updates arguments made by the authors in two previous books…..The central argument is that the current strategy is to demolish what remains of the social democratic state education system established in the decades after the end of World War Two, and to do this as quickly as possible……compelling evidence is presented to illustrate that, rather than the lacking the skills, qualifications and abilities necessary for work, nowadays most young people are overqualified and underemployed. The authors are quite clear in their position: it is misguided economic policy rather than the education system that has let young people down………..

The Great Reversal is an engaging, incisive and affordable book. Those involved in providing education and training, advice and guidance, or welfare and support services for young people should read it. Trainee teachers, youth workers or careers advisers should also get a copy. Not only will it help students understand and critique what is going on round them, it will also enable them to argue for more just and meaningful alternatives.

Robin Simmons  University of Huddersfield    British Journal of Educational Studies




Why young people can’t get the jobs they want and the education they need. 

(a preliminary to The Great Reversal) 

Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley     02/12         

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