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Title: Youth unemployment: Implications for social work practice
Author(s): Tsui, Ming Sum 
Lam, Ching Man 
Author(s): Liang, J.
Ng, G. T.
Yan, M. C.
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Sage Publications
Journal: Journal of Social Work 
Volume: 17
Issue: 5
Start page: 560
End page: 578
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.

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.

Recommendations are provided in terms of how to implement the 5Es in policy, education, training, and direct practice of social work in youth employment.
DOI: 10.1177/1468017316649357
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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