Thematic Strands on Youth Transitions
• Education and employment
• Risky behaviours and positive activities
• Disadvantaged and vulnerable groups
Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transitions
Department of Quantitative Social Science
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL
Phone: 020 7612 6759 / 6238 / 6879
Fax: 020 7612 6880
Paul Johnson, Alissa Goodman, Ellen Greaves and Luke Sibieta (IFS)
Andy Ross (NatCen)
CAYT is a DfE sponsored research centre that brings together leading researchers from the Institute of Education, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and the National Centre for Social Research.
Centre for the Analysis of Youth Transitions (CAYT)
The circumstances of young people in the UK are changing rapidly, in terms of how they spend their time and the choices they make:
• The period that young people spend in the transition years between childhood and adulthood has grown;
• Youth engagement in a range of risky behaviours has increased;
• The education and labour market options faced by young people have changed dramatically.
The experiences of young people have also become more polarised. Some youths follow the traditional fast route of leaving school at the compulsory school leaving age to start employment, or becoming unemployed, whilst others participate in further and higher education and make the step into the labour market and family formation at a later age, often not until their early 30s. These routes taken by young people tend to follow a pattern which is closely linked to their socio-economic status and gender.
CAYT has been set up to,
• provide robust evidence on these transitions made by young people;
• help inform key government policies such as the raising of the education and training participation age to age 18.
CAYT will seek to improve our understanding of the bridging period between childhood and adulthood and how it is changing over time, with a particular focus on what this can tell us about the likely effectiveness of a range of policy interventions.