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


Rewritten May 2021       





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




                                                                                The  Great Reversal     

Edited by Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley     

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

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Currently not available as hardcopy         To Download click here  Great Reversal


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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