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Curricula for Diversity in Education by Will Swann, Patricia Potts, Mary Masterton, Tony Booth

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Chapter 21

From school to schemes

Out of education into training

Robert Hollands

Source: Edited version of Chapter 4 of Hollands, R.G. (1990) The Long Transition: Class, Culture and Youth Training, London: Macmillan.

This chapter is drawn from a study of the transition from school to work experienced by working-class young people in a large city in the West Midlands, conducted during the mid-1980s, when YTS – the Youth Training Scheme – was a route taken by large numbers of school leavers. In the first part of the chapter, Robert Hollands uses interviews with young people on training schemes to reveal their experience of the final years of compulsory schooling. It was widely seen as a negative, irrelevant experience. Hollands then contrasts ...

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