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Youth Marginality in BritainContemporary Studies of Austerity$
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Shane Blackman and Ruth Rogers

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330523

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330523.001.0001

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Apprentice or student as alternatives to marginalisation?

Apprentice or student as alternatives to marginalisation?

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(p.163) Ten Apprentice or student as alternatives to marginalisation?
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Youth Marginality in Britain
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Patrick Ainley

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330523.003.0011

Patrick Ainley argues that raising the participation age to 18 has served to divide young people into two official categories: ‘students’ or ‘apprentices’. The division produces a ‘vocational’ curriculum in schools from aged 14+ that will result in the marginalisation of young people who fail to embark on the academic route. He argues that new vocational route will achieve a permanently marginalised minority, a reconstituted reserve army of labour, in permanently insecure, often-part time, unskilled and low-paid jobs. He argues the so called ‘youth skills problem’ is an economic problem for which education can no longer be substituted as a solution.

Keywords:   Youth Marginality, Education, Apprenticeship, Students, Vocationalism, Skills, Ideology

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