Transition to work and occupational trajectories department (DEEVA)

DEEVA develops statistical production, studies and research and provides expertise on school-to-work transition issues. It also informs public policies on education, higher education, vocational training and employment.

An original statistical tool for monitoring transition-to-work paths and occupational trajectories has been developped: the Generation survey ("Enquête Génération").  This recurring survey follows cohorts of young people from the time they leave the education system over a period of up to ten years.  It provides information on young people school-to-work transition process in relation with their level of education and field of studies.  It also yields detailed information 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, in 2017, i.e.  7 years after leaving the school system. In all the survey brings in information on the mid- and long-term developments of young people after they left the education system.

DEEVA's objective is to describe the various contexts surrounding transition to work and to assess the role of vocational training in these contexts. It includes national, regional and territorial contexts, family contexts, those generated by companies HRM practices and those resulting from public employment and youth training policies.

Hence, the department contributes to the assessment of public policies designed to improve initial vocational training for young people and facilitate their transition from school to work.

In addition, DEEVA is regularly involved in international comparisons of school-to-work transitions.

Head of department:  Thomas Couppié