Youth Employment

In 2016 the government of Austria implemented the strategy “Education until 18” by law, which states that education and training are obligatory for young people until the age of 18. This meant extending already existing offers for young people who are not in education nor training in order to create a support network for them. Yet teachers report that especially those young people who are most in need of help often do not participate in supporting offers.

Why Citizen Social Science for Youth Employment in Vienna?

Although the overall aim of “Education until 18” is to include all young people in preparatory measures or on formal education, many young people fall outside this system. The measures implemented under the umbrella of “Education until 18” aim to minimize these inequalities. Still, young people who are facing multifaceted problems, in particular, tend to quit measures as they are perceived as being too restrictive or demanding. Thus, there’s a need to involve young people affected by “Education until 18” in the conceptualization and improvement of these measures, with the aim of developing offers that are adapted to their needs and circumstances.

How will it happen?

As CoAct, we plan to perform almost all steps of the research process together with selected early school leavers. In doing so, we put them at the center of the research process in order to understand their point of view, their interests, and needs for training and social policy measures. This means that the concrete research questions, the choice of method, the gathering of data, the analysis, the presentation, and dissemination of results will be done by the young people with support by adult social scientists.

In order to conduct a whole research process together with young co­-researchers, social scientific terms, concepts, and methods need to be adapted to the target group. This includes the development of different methods such as school walks, drawing sketches, box for terms, research museum or content analysis by “stop and go” which are inspired by classic social research as well as classroom training methods.

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Actions since January, 2020?
June 18, 2020
We launched the homepage for the Viennese R&I Action. It provides information on the project in German and is relevant…
June 18, 2020
September 16, 2020
„Reaching the hard to reach? Reflexionen und Strategien zur Einbindung von Co-Forschenden, die als schwer erreichbar gelten“, workshop held at…
September 16, 2020
September 24, 2020
Presentation “Citizen Social Science. The example of participatory research with young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)” in…
September 24, 2020
October 14, 2020
Participation at the Citizen Science SDG Conference with the following workshop: “Participatory approach centering life-world experiences”, facilitated by Mariam Malik…
October 14, 2020
January 18, 2021
In January we organised the kick-off event for the members of our Knowledge Coalition. A broad group of people including…
January 18, 2021
March 17, 2021
Since the research activities in Vienna were influenced by Covid-19 and accordingly the restrictions placed upon the educational sector we…
March 17, 2021
March 22, 2021
The trainers of educational measures for unemployed youth brought to our attention that there is a lack of opportunities for…
March 22, 2021
April 6, 2021
6th of April / 20th of April / 26th of May  Since young people in E&T up to 18 measures…
April 6, 2021
May 5, 2021
To react to the current circumstances affecting youth researchers and youth workers alike, we organised a Webinar with Juha Kiviniemi…
May 5, 2021
May 12, 2021
12th of May  until 22nd of June  In the last months we created a toolbox that allows young people to…
May 12, 2021
May 27, 2021
The 3rd trainer-only meeting provided a platform for communicating recent research activities done with young people as well as gave…
May 27, 2021
June 13, 2021
As part of our activities with all members of CoAct we intensely discussed how to ethically implement Informed Consent in…
June 13, 2021
August 16, 2021
16.-19th August – Our 2nd research week with young people in Education and Training up to 18 measures took place!…
August 16, 2021
September 14, 2021
The 4th trainer-only meeting corona measures taken within institutions was still a topic but mainly the issue of too little…
September 14, 2021
September 27, 2021
27.09. – 01.10. – Our 3rd research week with young people took place in September. This time the young people…
September 27, 2021
October 11, 2021
11.10.-18.10.2021 – In the 4th research week with young co-researchers of an Education and Training up to 18 institution, the…
October 11, 2021
December 5, 2021
The 5th KC-Trainer-Only meeting revolved around the upcoming events in 2022. 1) the Roundtables with policymakers and other stakeholders and…
December 5, 2021

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