Complex Transitions: Linearity and Labour Market Integration in the West of Scotland

  • Andy Furlong
  • Fred Cartmel
  • Andy Biggart
  • Helen Sweeting
  • Patrick West


Over the last couple of decades it has been suggested that youth transitions have become increasingly protracted and complex, resulting in a greater vulnerability among young people to marginalization and exclusion. Routes between school and work, which were once viewed as linear and predictable, are seen as having been replaced by a set of movements that are less predictable and involve frequent breaks, backtracking and the ‘blending’ of statuses which previously tended to be quite distinct (Chisholm, 1995; Wyn and White, 1997; du Bois Reymond, 1998; Looker and Dwyer, 1998; EGRIS, 2001). This new consensus on the changing nature of transitions is rarely challenged. However, there has not been any systematic analysis of the extent to which transitions have increased in complexity and lost their linearity, nor of the implications for young people of following non-linear, as opposed to linear, routes.


Young People Educational Category Assisted Transition Labour Market Integration Scottish Executive 
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  • Andy Furlong
  • Fred Cartmel
  • Andy Biggart
  • Helen Sweeting
  • Patrick West

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