New research project in Romania

Maria-Carmen Pantea from BBU Cluj Napoca, Romania is working on a new research project funded by the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation.

A youth-centered analysis of the changes in the nature and meaning of work

This project aims to gain a better understanding of the meanings young people from vocational education and training (VET) in Romania attribute to work and the main structural dynamics at play that shape their views. Starting from the idea that young women and men attending VET enter labour market at a time when the notion of labour is shifting from manual, physical work to services, the project aims to examine their perceptions in regard to the world of work. In doing this, the team will carry out in-depth interviews and focus groups with young women and men attending VET, with education staff and employers. The underlying rationale is to go beyond the dual understanding: employment/ unemployment and to examine the more nuanced social dynamics that shape young people’s views on manual labour, professional or administrative work, apprenticeships, work in the grey economy, temporary and part time work, entrepreneurship etc. Ultimately, the research will increase the level of academic legitimacy of the interdisciplinary area of Youth Studies in Romania and will advance research-informed policy recommendations for the area of VET and entrepreneurial learning.