This research area looks into the impact of changes, opportunities and challenges associated with profound shifts in Australian society associated with the emergence of the Asian Century.
These include changes in the kind of work people do, increases in the value of vocational education and changes in modes of social and economic regulation that have all combined to restructure transitions.
This area specifically addresses the challenges and opportunities experienced by young people as they transition into work. Our research is concerned with young people and others who are struggling to find employment.
In this context, it is critically important to research and develop strategies to re-engage people in the worlds of education, training and work. Therefore, key topics explored within this research area include youth disengagement, the impact of labour market change on work and transitions, and the changing nature of skills.
Members of the research team contribute debates about issues such as
- transitional labour markets for Aboriginal young people
- the ways in which social enterprise programs such as Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation and Jamie’s Kitchen provide transitions and opportunities for young people
- the persistent gendered divisions and the perpetuation and social (re)production of masculinities in vocational education
- the changing nature of work and the re-imagination of worker identities.