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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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Volunteering in Glasgow, Scotland

Volunteering in Glasgow, Scotland

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(p.111) Five Volunteering in Glasgow, Scotland
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Getting In and Getting On in the Youth Labour Market
Author(s):

Pauline Leonard

Rachel J. Wilde

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529202298.003.0005

This chapter investigates volunteering, much vaunted in recent policy as a valuable means by which young people may gain valuable experience for work and careers. The chapter argues however that policies to encourage more youth volunteering are based on a conundrum: the fact that there is no robust evidence to support the view that volunteering is a beneficial means by which to access paid employment. Case study research of a volunteering organisation in Scotland, which delivers bespoke employability training to young people which includes daily spells of volunteering in a range of voluntary sector workplaces, provides some insight into why this might be the case. Work experience placements can consist of young people ‘time-filling’ with meaningless, poor-quality work and lack of engagement by employers makes it difficult for young people to gain experience in organisations offering paid employment opportunities. However, the chapter underscores the significant contribution of trainers to other beneficial outcomes of volunteering programmes, such as the confidence and wellbeing of young trainees.

Keywords:   Volunteering, Youth, Paid employment, Unpaid work, Self-confidence, Language of employability

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