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Precarious education-to-work transitions: entering welfare professions under a workfarist regime

Precarious education-to-work transitions: entering welfare professions under a workfarist regime

Samaluk, Barbara (2020) Precarious education-to-work transitions: entering welfare professions under a workfarist regime. Work, Employment and Society, 35 (1). pp. 137-156. ISSN 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi:

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This article looks at the process of education-to-work transitions in female-dominated welfare professions within the Slovenian post-crisis context marked by a workfarist agenda. It departs from a scholarship that conceptualises precarity as a transitional vulnerability and disaffiliation exacerbated by workfarist policies to explore the contemporary experience of those trying to achieve professional integration under a volatile workfarist regime. The findings reveal a mismatch between established regulations for early career recruitment and professional licensing and the actual chances on the labour market to meet these requirements through available workfarist non-standard entry-level jobs/schemes designed for particular status and/or socio-demographic groups. It gives new evidence that European workfare regimes exacerbate precarity and a novel understanding of state-manufactured precarization as an intersectional process of marginalization and discrimination that not only hinders integration into welfare professions, but also downloads the costs of social reproduction on the next generation, causes precarious aging and widens intersectional differences.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: active labour market policies, education-to-work transitions, EU funding, intersectionality, precarity, precarization, Slovenia, social reproduction, welfare professions, workfare.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2021 14:52

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