project set out to develop a conceptual framework
to examine the relationship between education, training and labour market
systems in different national contexts and to apply this framework to empirical
studies of transition processes in several European countries.
project made use of two data sources: the Eurostat Labour Force Survey
and integrated databases based on national
project's first report drew on country studies (case studies) to
produce a provisional classification/ typology of European countries
in terms of the dimensions of the conceptual framework.
final outcome included papers on different issues relating to school to
work transition. The papers drew on complex multivariate analyses
in order to compare European countries in a systematic way and to highlight
the significant dimensions of education and training influencing the transition
research strategy adopted by the project was described as taking
up an 'intermediate' position between 'universalistic' and 'particularistic'
strategies. (Smyth et al., 2001, pp. 1-6, 22, 28-30).