Social capital transitions of ‘Get Ready For Work’ trainees

Janine Muldoon and Ralph Catts

in Social Capital, Children and Young People

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9781847429285
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307570 | DOI:
Social capital transitions of ‘Get Ready For Work’ trainees

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This chapter comprises a case study of 6 young people in Glasgow who enrolled on a course to help them move into employment, further education or training. They had very few peer or adult connections or access to community networks that provide connection to opportunities for further education, volunteering or jobs. When seeking to encourage the re-engagement of excluded disadvantaged youth, a key worker, who can facilitate bridging social capital processes with community agencies, is crucial to success because, with multiple sources of deprivation, these young people needed joined up connections. A community centre was found to be more likely to be more successful as a first step in re-engagement than an institutional education provider such as a college.

Keywords: disadvantaged; youth; employment; community education Scotland; case study; social capital; policy; research

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