COVID-19 and Young People’s Education and Employment Aspirations: A 3 Year Study in Geelong

The Project

The Anthony Costa Foundation has provided three years funding (2021-2022-2023) for a project titled: COVID-19 and Disadvantaged Young People’s Education and Employment Aspirations: A Longitudinal Study of Young People’s Transitions in Geelong. Using innovative, platform based, video capture technologies the project is conducting a series of video interviews with young people as we track their education, training and employment pathways in COVID ‘normal’ socio-ecologies that are profoundly shaped by historical and contemporary processes of disadvantage and marginalisation.

The Challenge

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The convergence ‘between an advanced knowledge economy, which perpetuates patterns of discrimination and exclusion, and the threat of climate change devastation for both human and non-human entities’ (Braidotti 2019).

Outcomes

The project has a number of aims, including

  • to provide Geelong region stakeholders with a strong evidence base over 3 years to co-design innovative interventions to foster the education and employment aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Geelong in the wake of a COVID-19 youth labour market crisis.
  • To contribute to regional, state, national and international debates about the challenges and opportunities that emerge for young people’s education, training and employment pathways at the convergence of the 6th Mass Extinction and the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Project Lead

Peter Kelly

Researchers

Seth Brown

James Goring

Info for Participants

Partners

Funding

Anthony Costa Foundation (2021-2023)

Keywords

Young people, aspirations, health and wellbeing, future of work, climate crisis

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Peter Kelly