Alternative Possibilities and Pathways: Youth Employment and Apprenticeships in a Graduate World
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In this chapter I explore the alternative pathways available to those students in my cohort who are not applying to university. The alternative pathways discussed in the focus groups and interviews included apprenticeships and possibilities for gaining non-graduate employment. Drawing on Lanning and Rudiger (2012), the chapter explores whether their claim that ‘young people in the UK are largely left to navigate the transition to work and responsible adulthood alone, and the support they receive varies wildly across different families, communities and employers’ is relevant in relation to the experiences of those participants not intending to proceed into higher education. I also analyse the teachers’ views about the forms of support available to those students not applying to university.
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