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    The enabling role of employment guidance in contemporary public employment services: A work-first to life-first typology


    Whelan, Nuala and McGann, Michael and Murphy, Mary (2021) The enabling role of employment guidance in contemporary public employment services: A work-first to life-first typology. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 49 (2). pp. 200-212. ISSN 0306-9885

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    Abstract

    Employment guidance theory and praxis promote long-term career development and access to decent work and sustainable jobs, yet the focus of public employment services in recent times has been influenced by policy matters of activation, conditionality and rapid job placement. While effective for some, it has been less effective for workers exposed to negative impacts of social and economic development. COVID-19-related unemployment has highlighted the need for employment guidance mechanisms that facilitate inclusive and resilient labour forces. Drawing on previous developments in employability approaches, this paper presents a conceptual analysis of employment guidance, integrating it within a work-first to life-first employability continuum. We propose an expansion of theory-informed employment guidance in national public employment services towards work-life employability for all.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Nuala Whelan, Mary P. Murphy & Michael McGann (2021) The enabling role of employment guidance in contemporary public employment services: A work-first to life-first typology, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 49:2, 200-212, DOI: 10.1080/03069885.2021.1879374. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
    Keywords: Employment guidance; employability; active labour market policy approaches; public employment services; enabling activation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 15045
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2021.1879374
    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2021 16:41
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
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