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Title: Youth unemployment : implications for social work practice
Authors: Liang, JQ 
Ng, GT
Tsui, MS 
Yan, MC
Lam, CM
Keywords: Social work
Youth unemployment
Hong Kong youth employment programs
Ecological connection
5Es model
Youth advocacy
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Journal of social work, 2017, v. 17, no. 5, p. 560-578 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of social work 
Abstract: This article discusses a missing but emergent role of social work with unemployed young people. The authors highlight the transitional and structural factors of youth unemployment. Using a social work lens, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) is discussed and the International Labour Organization's 4Es (employability, equal opportunity, employment creation, entrepreneurship) framework is elaborated. This article adds a fifth E (Ecological connection) and proposes a 5Es model for social workers to support unemployed young people to overcome transitional and structure barriers for employment. Findings Limited social work programs, studies, or evaluations are targeted for unemployed young people despite historical concern with employment conditions of workers and suggest the instrumental role in research, policy and practice concerning the unemployed young people. Applications Recommendations are provided in terms of how to implement the 5Es in policy, education, training, and direct practice of social work in youth employment.
ISSN: 1468-0173
EISSN: 1741-296X
DOI: 10.1177/1468017316649357
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