Following the Success: Promising Workplace Learning Practices in Marginalized Youth Employment (2009)

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A great deal of research literature deals with the barriers to employment faced by youth on the margins of society. This document describes a project carried out in 2008 to learn more about the relationship between workplace learning practices, employment, and the success of marginalized youth.

The goal of the Following the Success (FTS) project was to identify, analyze, and share promising employer practices that provide the basis for forms of workplace learning that successfully engage marginalized youth and help, them hold down first-time jobs that benefit both the young people and the employers.

The results of the project showed that the individual efforts of employers played a significant role in the success of young people. These employers regularly referred to either community service goals or a general commitment to giving marginalized young people a chance. Their individual efforts were supported by various youth employment services and the work of job developers, which was often highly valued by employers.

Beyond a recognized role for youth employment services, success stories appear to be based largely on informal and unspoken policy and practice.

While employers and youth shared many perspectives on key sources of learning, there were important differences as well. Employers generally felt that formal orientation and training were key sources of learning. In contrast, youth tended to feel that learning informally from a supervisor was more important. More often than employers, youth valued informal learning from co-workers.

Although these different perspectives are potential sources of difficulty, the authors point out that, if managed well by both employers and young employees, they can contribute to success.

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Peter H. Sawchuk. Following the Success: Promising Workplace Learning Practices in Marginalized Youth Employment 2009. Web. 25 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/following_success/following_success.pdf>
Peter H. Sawchuk (2009). Following the Success: Promising Workplace Learning Practices in Marginalized Youth Employment. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/following_success/following_success.pdf
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