FES | Federación Española de Sociología

XII Congreso de la FES

Young People’s Distance from Training and Work, a Southern Issue. Reflexions and perspectives in Italy and Spain

GT 11 Southern European Societies

Mariagrazia Santagati (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano)
Anna Giulia Ingellis (Universidad de Valencia)


Sesión de comunicaciones orales Franja 3 : Labour market and youth inactivity
Tipo de sesión: Sesión de comunicaciones orales
Día: viernes, 1 de julio de 2016
Hora: 09:00 a 10:45
Lugar: 205

In the Southern European countries, the worsening of the economic crisis corresponds to the increasing number of NEETs, indicator of the already difficult school-to-work transition. Furthermore, policies aiming at promoting youth activation and employability, do not seem able to reduce the structural inequalities affecting the education and work fields, linked to gender, ethnicity, status, etc. Starting from this perspective, the paper compares the European key-indicators of youth social exclusion from education, training and work (ESLs, NEETs, etc.), in two Southern European countries (Italy and Spain), identifying weaknesses and strengths in the educational and work systems, and highlighting similarities and differences from the point of view both of youngsters and institutions. In particular, we would focus on the Youth Guarantee Programme (YG) that represents the main European strategy for NEETs’ activation and employment trough a good-quality offer of job and/or education. The aim is to compare the different models implemented in Italy and Spain, identifying features (problem definition, causes, intervention hyphothesis, etc.) that characterize the design of this policy. The paper presents an exploratory research based on secondary data, official reports and review of literature, and it will provide a preliminary study useful in order to the future development of field research in both countries.

Palabras clave: Youth, education, labour market, Youth Guarantee, Italy, Spain