Wednesday, October 2nd


Welcome drinks and registration
Venue: Dreamz Restaurant & Bar, Hotel Apple Park, Maastricht


Thursday, October 3rd

09.00 – 09.30


09.30 – 10.00

Welcome speech (Mark Levels, Maarten Wolbers)

10.00 – 11.00

Keynote: It’s the skills, stupid! (Rolf van der Velden)

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee, tea, and snacks

11.30 – 12.40

Session 1: Ethnicity and migration
Chair: Dieter Verhaest


Class background, migration experience and the labor market integration of young Syrian refugees in Germany (Hans Dietrich)


Close contact, Trust, and Interethnic Friendship – A large scale field experiment of Roma desk mates in Hungarian schools (Felix Elwert, Tamás Keller, Andreas Kotsadam)


Occupational aspirations and ethnic inequalities at the transition from school to vocational training in Germany (Markus Weißmann, Tobias Roth)

12.40 – 13.40


13.40 – 15.10

Session 2: Field of training and study
Chair: Emer Smyth


The Vocational Specificity of Educational Programmes and the Selection Behaviour of Employers: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the Dutch Labour Market (Lieselotte Blommaert, Ardita Muja, Maurice Gesthuizen, Maarten H.J. Wolbers)


Choosing wisely: The effect of field of study on Dutch school leavers’ career development (Lucille Mattijssen, Dimitris Pavlopoulos, Wendy Smits)


The Impact of STEM Courses on Youths’ Transition From School to Work: a Semi-structural Approach (Brecht Neyt, Dieter Verhaest, Stijn Baert)


The Vocational Impact of Educational Programs on Youth Labor Market Integration (Ardita Muja, Lieselotte Blommaert, Maurice Gesthuizen, Maarten H.J. Wolbers)

15.10 – 16.00

Data poster session with coffee, tea, and snacks

The TEW-CCA Youth Transition Surveys in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Tajikistan (Michael Gebel, Irina Badurashvili, Saodat Olimova, Rajab Sattarov)

Netherlands Cohort Study Education (NCO) (Bas Aarts, Carla Haelermans (National coordinator), Timo Huijgen, Mark Levels, Madelon Jacobs, Rolf van der Velden (National coordinator) and Lynn van Vugt)

The EUROGRADUATE pilot survey  – first results on Higher Education graduates in 8 European countries (Christoph Meng, Martin Unger, Kai Mühleck, Katarina Weßling, Stefanie Oelker, Robert Jühlke, Sigrid Maurer)

HBO Monitor (Barbara Belfi, Timo Huijgen, Christoph Meng, Rolf van der Velden, Jim Allen, Bas Aarts)

16.00 – 17.50

Session 3: Employment instability and mismatch
Chair: Maarten Wolbers


Employment instability and housing independence for young adults, Italy 1989-2016 (Davide Gritti)


Decreasing educational returns and unsteady careers. The effects of a trend towards general and tertiary education in post-socialist Poland (Katarzyna Kopycka)


The effects of unemployment and insecure jobs on well-being: The moderating role of labour market and educational policies (Marge Unt, Michael Gebel)


Pay Penalties and the Incidence of Overeducation (Seamus McGuinness, Paul Redmond, Judith Delaney, Adele Whelan)


Where are we now? Comparing the school-to-work transitions before, during and after the Great Recession in Slovenia (Polona Domadenik, Dasa Farcnik)


Friday, October 4

09.00 – 10.30

Session 4: Signaling and labour market outcomes
Chair: Katarina Weßling


The Bad Signal of Leaving School Early: Employer Preferences for Professional Experience or Diploma?  (Cécile Ballini, Mathilde Gaini, Jérémy Hervelin, Salomé Leblanc)


What do internships signal to employers? A Vignette Experiment (Ilse Tobback, Stijn Baert, Dieter Verhaest)


Mitigating the financial consequences of problematic labour market entries – the role of welfare state and family (Sebastian Link)


All you NEET is …? The effects of programme participation on the labour market integration of young welfare recipients (Tamara Harrer)

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee, tea, and snacks

11.00 – 12.30

Session 5: Socioeconomic background and career choices and chances Chair: Michael Gebel


Rational choice or cultural reproduction? Why do students from different socio-economic backgrounds opt for different fields of study in Germany? (Björn Seipelt, Kathrin Leuze, Markus Lörz)


School and family influences on career decision-making processes (Emer Smyth)


You can get it if you really want? The role of social background for educational aspirations and their realization after tracking in secondary school types (Katarina Wessling, Andreas Hartung , Steffen Hillmert)


Career prospects of young apprenticeship graduates from households receiving benefit in Germany (Sandra Dummert)

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 14.40

Session 6: Gender
Chair: Corinna Kleinert


Mechanisms behind horizontal sex segregation in fields of study (Benita Combet)


The variable role of education in predicting youth NEET statuses: A ‘gendered youth transition regimes’ perspective (Janine Jongbloed, Jean-François Giret)


A way out of the gender-class trade-off? A longitudinal analysis of gender and class wage differentials in different institutional contexts (Paolo Barbieri, Giorgio Cutuli, Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Anna Zamberlan)

14.40– 15.00

Coffee, tea, and snacks

15.00 – 16.30

Panel discussion: The past, present and future of research on transition in youth – Researchers’ perspectives and policy demands
Moderator: Mark Levels

Carla Haelermans (Associate Professor, Maastricht University and National Coordinator of the Netherlands Cohort Study Education, NCO)

Corinna Kleinert (Professor of Sociology, University of Bamberg and Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, LIfBi)

Marge Unt (Professor of Comparative Sociology and Head of the Institute of International Social Studies, Tallinn University, Coordinator of EXCEPT)

Maarten Wolbers (Professor of Educational Research, Radboud University and Scientific Director, Knowledge Centre for Vocational Education and the Labour Market, KBA Nijmegen)


30 min walk to dinner, meet in front of hotel
Alternative transportation will be provided


Brewery tour, beer tasting, and dinner
Venue: Stadsbrouwerij De Maastrichter Maltezer, Oeverwal 12, Maastricht


Saturday, October 5

09.00 – 10.30

Session 7: Education and labour market policies
Chair: Marge Unt


Evaluating Post Leaving Certificate Provision in Ireland (Seamus McGuinness, Adele Bergin, Elish Kelly, Selina McCoy, Emer Smyth, Adele Whelan)


Routes through Education into Employment as England Enters the 2020s (Ken Roberts)


Labour market deregulation and inequality development from a life-course perspective in Germany and Italy (Paolo Barbieri, Stefani Scherer, Simone Virdia)


Back to work? The impacts of education as vocational rehabilitation for young adults with reduced work capacity (Rune Borgan Reiling, Kari Vea Salvanes, Astrid Mari Jorde Sandsør)

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee, tea, and snacks

11.00 – 13.00

Session 8: Special session ORA NEET project
Chair: Mark Levels


Presentations by country teams:

Christian Brzinsky-Fay (DE)
Alexander Dicks (NL)
Emily Murphy (UK)
Jean-François Giret & Janine Jongbloed (FR)
Mei Kagawa, Hirofumi Taki, Tomohiko Moriyama and Fumiaki Ojima (JP)
Lynn van Vugt (country comparison)

13.00 – 14.00

Take-away lunch and walk to social event

14.00 –

Social event: boat trip to St. Pieter and walking tour of the old lime stone mines (You’re advised to take a jacket/sweater, it’s chilly in the mines!)


Sunday, October 6

Until 11.00

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General information

Wi-Fi access is provided, details will follow.

There will be unlimited coffee, tea, and water during the workshop.

Lunch will be served buffet style offering a great diversity of sandwiches and farmers bread with a variety of toppings, soup, hot snacks, and different kinds of salads, fruits, and yoghurts.


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