Young people, VET and integration in the labour market
For several years now, vocational education and training (VET), including upper-secondary-level VET and tertiary-level professional education, has been the focus of attention for many governments in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Delegations from as far afield as China, the United States, India and Senegal have regularly been coming to Switzerland to find out more about VET courses, in particular the dual-track, in which companies play a major role. This system presents governments with a potential solution to economic crises, especially when it comes to endemic youth unemployment. In this regard, the OECD and European Union frequently refer to the German and Swiss systems as successful models. The low youth unemployment rates in these countries are attributed to the large proportion of young people enrolled in upper-secondary-level VET (around two-thirds in Switzerland), together with the opportunities to advance to tertiary-level professional education.
In focusing on VET, the 9th rencontres ‘Jeunes & Sociétés en Europe et autour de la Méditerranée’ (9th ‘Youth & Societies in Europe and the Mediterranean basin Meeting) will address various core themes in the humanities and social sciences that relate to or encompass the situation of young people: workplace and social integration, the transitions between school, training and work, educational and career guidance, the transition to adulthood, etc.
Issues relating to young people’s integration in the labour market (e.g. young people and gender or young people and migration) have come up repeatedly in discussions at the conference ever since it was launched in 2002. These issues are all the more relevant at this year’s conference given the importance of gender and migration for the structuring of upper-secondary VET, tertiary-level professional education, the content of training at both levels and employment prospects available to holders of vocational degrees. Indeed, vocational education and training offers highly relevant means of gaining insight into social, political and economic issues as well as ethical questions that lie at the heart of learners’ experience during their training or as they enter the labour market.
The theme of this 9th conference is sufficiently broad to allow for a variety of contributions, grouped into four thematic areas:
. Review of VET systems:
. Social background of learners enrolled in VET programmes:
. Impact of VET systems on the school-to-work transition and integration in the labour market:
.VET as a setting for workplace socialisation:
Issues around the role and position of companies in VET may also be addressed in a cross-cutting manner, especially in dual-track VET programmes, where companies provide ideal settings for training and socialisation, and in some cases play an active role in defining the framework or even content of training.
This conference is intended to be both multidisciplinary and international. We encourage specialists in various branches of the humanities and social sciences (i.e. sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, law, geography, psychology and literature, etc.), particularly from Europe and the Mediterranean, to take part to this event in order to share their views.
Instructions for authors wishing to submit proposals
Proposals must contain information about the participants (name, institution and email address of author(s)) with a summary no longer than 5,000 characters (including spaces) outlining the nature of the problem, the theoretical and methodological frameworks, the empirical evidence and the main results.
The proposals shall present research work falling within a discipline of the social sciences or humanities, whether they use a quantitative or qualitative methodological approach or a combination. Longitudinal approaches (using examples of personal histories or educational pathways) are welcome. Texts may be submitted in French or English.
The proposals must be sent to RJS2018@unil.ch and must address one of the four thematic areas. The submission deadline has been postponed until 31 January 2018 !
After the Scientific Board have examined the proposals, the Organising Committee will respond to the author(s) (on 28 February 2018) and the accepted proposals shall form the basis of a text to be submitted by 1 July 2018.
Instructions to authors regarding submissions (for accepted proposals)
The accepted proposals shall form the basis of a text of 35,000 characters in length (including spaces, footnotes and bibliography), to be submitted by 1 July 2018.
The submission shall be written in French or English, with single line spacing, justified, in Times New Roman, 12 font, with page numbers at the bottom right of the page.
References in the body of the text shall appear in brackets and shall include the surname of the author or authors in lower-case letters (without first names), followed by a comma and the year of publication: (Surname, year).
References shall be listed in alphabetical order in a bibliography at the end of the article. All references in the bibliography must correspond to the references cited in the text, and vice versa. The manner in which references are presented is left to the discretion of the author(s), but must be consistent.
Summary of deadlines:
|Submission of proposals||31 January 2018|
|Response to author(s)||28 February 2018|
|Texts submitted||1 July 2018|
|Presentation of submissions||4-5 October 2018|
- Conference organising committee
- Université de Lausanne – UNIL, Farinaz Fassa
- Haute école de santé Vaud – HESAV, HES×SO, Séverine Rey
- Haute école de travail social et de la santé | EESP | Lausanne – HETS&Sa, Morgane Kuehni
- Institut fédéral des Hautes études en formation professionnelle – IFFP, Nadia Lamamra
- Scientific advisers for the 9th meeting
Jean-Luc Alber (Haute école de santé HES-SO Valais-Wallis, Sion)
Ridha Ben Amor (LAMES, Université Aix-Marseille)
Estelle Bonnet (Centre Max Weber, Université de Lyon)
Yaël Brinbaum (CEET, CNAM)
Hélène Buisson-Fenet (Triangle, Université de Lyon)
Nicola De Luigi (Università di Bologna)
Vanessa Di Paola (LEST, Université Aix-Marseille/ Marseille School of Economics)
Henri Eckert (GRESCO, Uni Poitiers)
Dominique Epiphane (Céreq)
Farinaz Fassa Recrosio (OBSEF, ISS, Université de Lausanne)
Laurent Filliettaz (Université de Genève)
Maribel García Gracia (GRET, Universitat autònoma de Barcelona)
Mona Granato (BIBB, Bonn)
Christian Imdorf (Université de Bâle)
Morgane Kuehni (HETS&Sa – EESP – HES×SO, Lausanne)
Nadia Lamamra (IFFP, Lausanne)
Philippe Longchamp (HESAV, HES-SO, Lausanne)
Françoise Lorcerie (Iremam, Aix-Marseille Université)
Rafael Merino Pareja (GRET, Universitat autònoma de Barcelona)
Gilles Moreau (GRESCO, Uni Poitiers)
Valérie Perriard (HETSFR – HES×SO, Fribourg)
Séverine Rey (HESAV, HES-SO, Lausanne)
Francesca Salvà Mut (Universitat de Balears)
Emmanuelle Santelli (Centre Max Weber, Université de Lyon)
Marianne Thivend (LARHRA, Université de Lyon)
Joaquim Timoteo (INJEP, Institut national de la jeunesse et de l’éducation populaire)
Angelica Trindade-Chadeau (INJEP, Institut national de la jeunesse et de l’éducation populaire)
Laurent Veillard (ICAR, Université de Lyon)
Paolo Zurla (Università di Bologna)