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School-to-work transition in France: the role of education in escaping long-term NEET trajectories

Abstract : The aim of this paper is to analyse the school-to-work transition of young people in France, focusing specifically on those who are not in employment, education or training (so-called NEETs), in order to understand their risk of becoming and remaining NEET. Using longitudinal data from a representative national cohort of French young people leaving the educational system in 2010, this study shows how NEET status fits in more or less long-lasting ways in their career pathways. We indicate that 70% of young people experienced a NEET status at least once over the three-year period, if we retain a static and conventional definition of NEET. For most of them, NEET is a temporary situation that spans all educational attainment groups. However, a quarter of the cohort is still in a NEET status 3 years after leaving the education system. The lack of educational and social capital, as well as geographical economic conditions, are decisive factors in remaining in long-term NEET trajectories.
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Jean-François Giret, Christine Guégnard, Olivier Joseph. School-to-work transition in France: the role of education in escaping long-term NEET trajectories. International Journal of Lifelong Education, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), In press, pp.1-17. ⟨10.1080/02601370.2020.1796835⟩. ⟨halshs-02931035⟩

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