To find out how vocational preparation is experienced in England and Germany 160 young people in Bremen, Paderborn, Swindon and Liverpool were matched in terms of likely job destinations. From questionnaires and interview replies in 1988, reveals that the Germans are at least two years behind their English counterparts in their transition to adult employment. Young English people claimed more experience than the Germans of job‐related skills and were more confident about their futures. Young Germans with more of a “student” view believed that training was needed to gain skills and were more uncertain about what would happen after it. The research is continuing.
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