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Education, Training and Employment Dynamics

Transitional Labour Markets in the European Union Edited by Klaus Schömann, International University Bremen, Germany and Philip J. O’Connell, University College Dublin, Ireland
Education and training are of critical importance to individual employment prospects. This book questions whether the policies that govern education, training and employment actually facilitate or inhibit social integration.

The authors analyse initial entry into the labour market and subsequent movements between employers, and explore links between education, training and the labour market. The book argues that although education is a good predictor of labour market integration and employment potential, and despite political efforts, social background nevertheless remains influential. The importance of continued training to improve opportunities for promotion is also demonstrated.
Extent: 416 pp
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Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 278 0
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Education and training are of critical importance to individual employment prospects. This book questions whether the policies that govern education, training and employment actually facilitate or inhibit social integration.

The authors analyse initial entry into the labour market and subsequent movements between employers, and explore links between education, training and the labour market. The book argues that although education is a good predictor of labour market integration and employment potential, and despite political efforts, social background nevertheless remains influential. The importance of continued training to improve opportunities for promotion is also demonstrated.

The volume draws on economic, sociological and political science research to examine the potential for lifelong learning to enhance social integration, and new theories and evidence on the transitional labour market of learning and working are discussed. A wide range of European countries are also analysed using data from the European Community Household Panel surveys (ECHP), as well as national enterprise-level surveys and case studies.

Education, Training and Employment Dynamics will be welcomed by a varied audience; economists will find the challenge to human capital theory inspiring, and sociologists are offered a new approach to life course research, whilst political scientists will find an interesting study of multi-level policy making in the EU.
‘. . . this is an interesting and valuable book. . . a genuinely useful contribution to the literature. . . It will help all those who are engaged in exploring the relationship between education and training on the one hand and obtaining and maintaining employment on the other hand.’
– Stephen Drodge, International Journal of Educational Development
Contributors: C. Albert, F. Audier, R. Becker, M.A. Davia, J. de Koning, M. de Voogd-Hamelink, A. Gelderblom, O. Giraud, V. Hernanz, A. Jolivet, R. Kunnen, F. McGinnity, P.J. O’Connell, W. Praat, S. Rouault, K. Schömann, L. Toharia, P. van Winden
Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction 2. The Theory of Labour Market Transitions Applied to the Transitional Labour Market of Education and Training Part I: Education Systems and First Entry into the Labour Market 3. Choosing Between Education, Training and Labour Market Entry 4. Segmentation in the Labour Market: An Analysis of Recruitment Part II: Evaluation of Training Transitions and Training Policies 5. Active Labour Market Policies, Market Orientation and Gender: Findings for Young People in Ireland 6. Training for the Unemployed in the Netherlands: What Do We Know After More Than 50 Evaluation Studies? 7. A Long-term Perspective on the Effects of Training in Germany 8. Training Transitions in the EU: Different Policies but Similar Effects? Part III: The Firm’s Rationale for Training 9. Training Practices and Management of Older Workers: A Typology from the French Case 10. Exclusion of Older Workers, Productivity and Training 11. Training and the Transition from Work into Unemployment 12. Does Enterprise-Sponsered Training Aggravate or Alleviate Existing Inequalities? Evidence from Ireland Part IV: Actors in the Field of Training 13. Firms’ Further Training Practices and Social Exclusion: Can Industrial Relations Systems Provide Greater Equality? Theoretical and Empirical Evidence from Germany and France 14. Assessing the Impact of Experimental EU Training Policies in France, Germany and Ireland 15. From the Market for Qualifications to the Transitional Labour Market of Learning and Working: Summary and Conclusion Index