Earlier in my career, I undertook a range of research and policy projects on issues facing young people in employment, education and training. I have a continuing interest in this area and the problems faced by youth in a difficult and demanding labour market in which the old entry points where young people could get a good start have become increasingly scarce.
My work and interest in youth employment issues also links to a background in poverty research undertaken at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in the 1980s and early 1990s. An important area of my work concerned educational disadvantage.
I have written a series of articles on issues in relation to younger people over the last couple of years. Click the links below for these articles.
1. The youth unemployment crisis needs some big picture thinking and a broad and flexible approach in social and labour market policies. (ppt presentation for Future of Welfare Conference)