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Young people’s experiences of the world of work


We are keen to work with organisations who are interested in this important research area. The slideshow below highlights our shared areas of interest. We are at the early stages of investigation into the reality of young people achieving at least 100 hours of experiences and exposure to work by the age of 16. Recent findings from 'London Ambitions: Shaping a Careers Offer for All Young Londoners' (Hughes, 2015) suggests there are many differing approaches to achieve this goal.


Relevant research

Hughes, D., Mann, A., Barnes, S-A., Baldauf, B., and Mc Keown, R. (2016) An International Literature Review: Careers Education, on behalf of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). London: EEF.

Hughes, D. (2016) Informed and impartial careers information, advice and guidance: reaching out to support the apprenticeship agenda? In Way, D. (ed.) A Race To The Top – Achieving 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020. Winchester: University of Winchester Press.

Hughes, D. (2015) London Ambitions: Shaping a careers offer for all young Londoners. London: London Enterprise Panel, London Councils and the Greater London Authority.

Barnes, S-A. and Brown, A. (2016) Stories of learning and their significance to future pathways and aspirations. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 44(2): 233-242. DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2016.1145194

Green, A.E., Sissons, P., Broughton, K. and De Hoyos, M. with Warhurst, C. and Barnes, S-A. (2015) How cities can connect people in poverty with jobs. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Bimrose, J., Brown, A., Behle, H., Barnes, S.A., Hughes, D., Andrews, D., Davies, E., and Wiseman, J. (2014) Understanding the link between employers and schools and the National Careers Service. London: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Research Report Series.


Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE


Deirdre dot Hughes at warwick dot ac dot uk

Dr Sally-Anne Barnes