The DEEVA, which stands for Transition to Work and Occupational Trajectories, is involved in studying transitions from school to work of beginners on the labour market, depending on the level at which they left the educational system.

This Department has developed an appropriate statistical tool for monitoring transition-to-work paths and occupational trajectories: the Generation survey (“Enquête Génération”).  These surveys follow cohorts of young people from the time they leave the education system for a period of up to ten years.  They provide information that allows studying young people’s transition process from school to work in relation with their level of education attained and field of studies.  It also provides detailed information on situations regarding employment, unemployment or inactivity on a monthly basis, during the first years after leaving the education system. This survey has been conducted since 1992.

Every three years since 1998 a cohort is surveyed three years after exiting the education system. Every other cohort is re-interviewed. For example, Generation 98 has been interviewed 3 years, 5 years, 7 years and 10 years after exiting the education system. Generation 2010 (i.e. current survey) has been interviewed in 2013, in 2015 will be again in 2017, i.e.  7 years after leaving the school system.

In all, the survey gathers information on the mid- and long-term developments of young people after they left the education system.

 The main goal of this Department is to describe the various contexts surrounding transition to work and to assess the role of vocational training in these contexts , which include national, regional and territorial contexts, family contexts, those generated by companies' labour management policies and those resulting from public employment and youth training policies.

Hence, the Department contributes usefully to assessing public policies designed to improve initial vocational training for young people and facilitate their transition from school to work.

In addition, this Department contributes regularly to international comparisons of transitions from school to work.

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