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Second level students and part-time work

M. Morgan (St. Patrick's College), School and Part-time Work in Dublin - The Facts. Survey, Analysis and Recommendations (2000)

This ground-breaking study was commissioned by the DEP Education and Employment Working Group in 1999 just as this issue was beginning to come to public attention.

It was launched in June 2000 by the Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern T.D., and widely distributed. In an extensive and comparative study of over 1,000 students, Dr Morgan established that 80% of second level students were working part-time during school time, and that part-time work had thus now become the norm.

In addition, the rate of part-time working was greatest and involved the greatest number of hours among students from disadvantaged areas. The report also established the reasons young students work and what they spent their earnings on. The study is completed with a series of recommendations for action by schools, communities and policy makers.

Various activities have resulted from these recommendations, including several initiatives by the Pact. Among these are three highly successful pilot projects Linking Education and the Workplace being implemented in collaboration with F¨S and the Department of Education by local school-community-employer partnerships in Coolock, Tallaght and Clondalkin, and supported in the Partnership Agreement, Sustaining Progress.

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