Positive destinations for all? Inequalities in school leavers' labour market outcomes


Date and time: 28 June 2017 at 10.00–13.00 (lunch included)

Venue: Paterson’s Land, Room 1.18, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

Previous research has shown that people from more advantaged social backgrounds tend to study a larger number of academic subjects than people from less advantaged social backgrounds and this gives them an advantage when applying to enter higher education. However, there is limited evidence on whether curriculum choices may lead to differentiated labour market outcomes among young people from different social origins who do not continue to higher education. The research presented at this event, which is jointly hosted with Moray House School of Education, will provide this evidence.

Professor Cristina Iannelli will discuss findings from recent research conducted together with Dr Adriana Duta on inequalities in school leavers’ labour market outcomes and the role of school curriculum choice in explaining these inequalities.

In this study, they examined inequalities in labour market outcomes of both S4 leavers (lower-secondary school leavers) and S5-S6 leavers (upper-secondary school leavers) and focused on two main outcomes, i.e. young people’s employment chances and types of occupation entered. The results show few gender differences, but strong parental background differences, in young people’s labour market outcomes. School leavers with jobless parents or parents with low education or living in social housing are significantly more likely to be unemployed or inactive and occupying lower status occupations than school leavers from more advantaged families. Differences in labour market outcomes were only partly explained by differences in curriculum choices made by pupils from different social origins. Moreover, a few subjects were found to provide a significant advantage for school leavers’ early labour market integration.

At this participative event, there will be ample time for discussion about what this research means for practice and policy. The seminar will be followed by a networking lunch.

This will be of interest to representatives of the school sector, policy makers and analysts, local authority representatives, third sector organisations and researchers interested in inequalities in education and the labour market.

Places are limited!  This event is free to attend however registration is essential via Eventbrite.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:00 to 13:00
AQMeN and Moray House School of Education
Room 1.18, Paterson's Land

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