Apprenticeship in the 'golden age': Were youth transitions really smooth and unproblematic back then?

Vickerstaff, Sarah (2003) Apprenticeship in the 'golden age': Were youth transitions really smooth and unproblematic back then? Work Employment & Society, 17 (2). pp. 269-287. ISSN 0950-0170. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

This article challenges the taken-for-granted orthodoxy of contemporary youth studies that young people's transitions from school to work have become extended and fragmented in comparison to those of people who left school in the period 1945-75. It is argued that the characterization of the earlier period as a `golden age' of smooth, unproblematic, one-step transitions from school into the labour market misrepresents the experiences of people in that period and in particular, fails to understand the specificity of the apprenticeship model of transition which was experienced by around 35 percent of the male school-leaving age cohort. The discussion examines the experience of people in the period 1945-75 by reference to 30 interviews undertaken by the author with people who did apprenticeships in a variety of trades.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: apprenticeship, young workers, youth studies, youth transitions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Samantha Osborne
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:13
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2014 12:23
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/417 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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