Open seminar: Education, Employment, and Social Mobility
13 February 2013, Hamilton House, 2-6 PM
The return to economic growth is increasingly uncertain and for many people living standards continue to fall. Latest figures show more people than ever employed but often this is only part-time or in other precarious forms of employment, such as contracting and outsourcing. The UK unemployment rate remains around 2.5 million, while the situation is much worse in many other parts of Europe. Young people particularly find themselves ‘overqualified and underemployed’ as social mobility goes into reverse and the occupational class structure goes ‘pear shaped’. Rather than more occupations being ‘professionalised’, previously skilled and professional work is being ‘proletarianised’.
This seminar seeks an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the issues faced by young people that result in problematic transitions to employment and adulthood. It further aims to examine the role of education in the context of the current economic and social crisis. The seminar is relevant to all those who work with young people as well as those involved in research into labour markets and precarious employment, education systems and youth studies. There will be presentations but also plenty of time for discussion and lively debate.
This conference is open to all and free of charge. For further details, see the conference website. <http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/schools/business/services/events>