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Getting In and Getting On in the Youth Labour MarketGoverning Young People's Employability in Regional Context$
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Pauline Leonard and Rachel J. Wilde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529202298

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529202298.001.0001

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Employability in the North East

Employability in the North East

(p.29) Two Employability in the North East
Getting In and Getting On in the Youth Labour Market

Pauline Leonard

Rachel J. Wilde

Policy Press

This chapter explores the rise of the concept of employability and how it has influenced policy and practical interventions to address unemployment. It explores how the concept has been understood as a threshold for labour market readiness or as a process of continual skills development necessary in a flexible labour market. It argues that employability is frequently utilised in neoliberalising forms of governmentality, shifting responsibility of gaining work onto the individual, rather than considering the various external and structural factors that affect employment prospects. A case study of an employability programme in the North East explores the practices through which the discourse of employability acts upon individuals.

Keywords:   Employability, Active labour market interventions, Governmentality, Labour market readiness, skills development, individualisation

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