Article

Career-first: An approach to sustainable labour market integration

Citation

McQuaid R, Fuertes V & Robertson P (2020) Career-first: An approach to sustainable labour market integration. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance.

Abstract
Active labour market policies aim at supporting people entering and, importantly, remaining in the labour market. Initiatives to this end have often been characterised by a mixture of ‘human capital’ and ‘work-first’ approaches, although both have had a relatively limited effect on achieving job sustainability for those most distant from the labour market. This paper explores a distinctive approach to supporting job entry and sustainable employment that we have called ‘career-first’. The career-first approach to labour activation draws on three separate traditions of thinking: labour market, career development, and the capability literatures. Common ground is found in these three perspectives so each complements the weaknesses of the others. A career-first approach may be able to help deliver benefits to the individual, their family, and the wider society.

Keywords
employability; career-first; career development; labour market policy; capability

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming

Journal
International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance

StatusAccepted
Date accepted by journal28/08/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31715
ISSN0251-2513
eISSN1573-1782