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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2009): Education - UK - training

Entry to employment: discourses of inclusion and employability in work-based learning for young people

R. Simmons

Journal of Education and Work, vol.22, 2009, p. 137-151

This paper uses Bernstein's work on pedagogic discourses to explore Entry to Employment (E2E) programmes in England, a work-based learning pathway aimed at young people unable to access employment, education or training due to lack of qualifications or personal issues. It places E2E within its social and economic context and uses Bernstein's work to problematise its curriculum. It concludes that E2E programmes are unlikely to enable access to high-skills employment; in fact it may help to perpetuate low-waged, unrewarding and insecure work.

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