The “Integration and exclusion processes” research field prioritises issues around integration (and its corollaries: dropping out and the risk of being excluded), emphasising the point that integration is not always straightforward. We shed light on these areas from a sociological perspective and from the points of view of various VET stakeholders.
Our objective is first to document integration into the VET system through work on premature termination, on the steps taken post termination and on the different VET programmes (Federal VET Certificate and Federal VET Diploma); and secondly, taking a broader perspective, to examine the transition process from school to employment and especially vocational integration through a dual-track training system. Adopting a perspective of critical sociology, we investigate the constraints stemming from the system itself (with a tension between the elements of productivity and education) and those relating to changes at work, which directly affect dual-track VET in particular.
Our areas of focus:
- dropping out, transitional steps,
- vocational integration,
- segmentation and segregation of the labour market,
- the constraints of work, health at work,
- professional socialisation,
- stakeholder strategies.
Our research mainly draws on qualitative methods, which can be supplemented with quantitative approaches as required. In addition to semi-structured interviews and literature reviews, ethnographic observations are made so as to obtain the most diverse and complementary data possible.
Our findings are published in scientific journals and other publications. At the same time, knowledge transfers are carried out among VET partners by way of conferences, courses and articles disseminated in publications intended for practitioners. These publications and presentations are produced in French, English and German.