On 1 June 2017 NEGOTIATE researchers Janikke Solstad Vedeler (photo) and Ida Tolgensbakk (NOVA, HiOA) were invited to present results from our project to case workers, employers and others at a conference in Bodø: Vi vil ha deg med – en konferanse om inkludering (We want you in! A conference on inclusiveness).
The topic was how to include marginalized youth and migrants in the ordinary labour market. The event was organized by IA-rådet i Nordland and NAV Arbeidslivssenter Nordland , and well attended, and generated many interesting discussions.
The title of Vedeler and Tolgensbakk’s talk was «Tales of being left behind – On being unemployed as an young adult». They presented some main points from the research going on in NEGOTIATE, before concentrating on subjective experiences of unemployment from the more than 200 life story interviews conducted in NEGOTIATE. The security net provided by the welfare state, in Norway represented by NAV, becomes very important when young people are without income. The interviews tell varied stories: from not needing or wanting to ask for help at all, to being helped in a myriad of ways.
Vedeler and Tolgensbakk ended their talk with pointing to the main policy recommendations from the youth themselves:
- More, and more robust apprenticeships
- Better, individually tailored governmental services
- Better control with existing laws and regulations