Scarring effects of being young and unemployed - The short- and long-term consequences of early job insecurity

This week SOLIDAR Foundation met with its partners of the NEGOTIATE project in Poznan, Poland for the third progress meeting. In the conjunction to the meeting, a conference on Early Job insecurities was organised at the Poznan University of Economics gathering leading researchers in this field.

Research shows that being unemployed when young leads to many negative outcomes - scarring effects - in later life stages in terms of well-being, health, subsequent lower pay, higher unemployment and reduced life chances. Therefore it is important to find appropriate policy responses to youth unemployment and early-job insecurities. In the course of this Horizon2020 project, researchers will work to provide new, gender-sensitive, comparative knowledge about the short- and long-term consequences of early job insecurity, taking into account how the active agency of young people mediates such consequences. SOLIDAR Foundation will support the researchers with disseminating the results to enable policy makers at national and European level to design policies that address the situation of youth on the labour market.

The results of the research undertaken by the NEGOTIATE team demonstrates, amongst others, a worrisome trend by which youth belonging to a group of the most disadvantaged backgrounds (measured by low household income) became less likely to enroll into tertiary education. The austerity measures and educational cutbacks imposed during the recession period, did not only changed the patterns of educational decisions made by young Europeans, but also made the opportunity of skills acquisition more unequal and less accessible. The limited amount of scholarships available and increased costs of education, resulting from lowering the public expenditure on educational, have a direct impact on the access and participation in education of the socio-economically vulnerable youths. Only those with a more wealthy economic background are more likely to return to education, that is a trend among high school drop outs, and high school graduates.

Clearly, this is one of the important arguments to be taken by the policy makers with regards to providing equal access to education, and investment in education and lifelong learning as campaigned by SOLIDAR Foundation. In this briefing you’ll find out more on the importance of investing in education and lifelong learning.

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