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)
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…..’
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/jul/10/apprenticeships-failing-View ‘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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Education in Europe: the Politics of Austerity.
Edited by Ken Jones. 146 pp
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