Time to LevelUp Education and Training

Young people are taking the lead on research into young scots’ experiences of education, training and employment on behalf of the Scottish Government.

An Insights Panel, made up of 11 young people aged 17 – 23 from across Scotland, has been established to co-design and deliver the LevelUp project. They will be working alongside Edinburgh-based social and economic research company SQW and Young Scot, Scotland’s national youth information and citizenship charity.

The project will engage directly with 150 young people from across Scotland through a series of workshops. Many more young people will also have the opportunity to take part through an online activity. The final report of the research will be submitted to the Scottish Government in April or May 2017.

The key questions that the LevelUp project will be looking to explore include:

  • Are young people being properly supported to make decisions about learning and work?
  • Is the right support available to everyone?
  • Does the support give young people what they need?
  • How easy is it for young people to progress to Highers, training, apprenticeships, college or university?
  • What are young people’s recommendations for improving the support available to them?
  • How should Government investment be prioritised to support young people when they make these choices?

LevelUp will inform and support the development and implementation of key Scottish Government policies including Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy and the Scottish Government’s Education Delivery Plan (2016). It will also provide a unique insight into the learner journey as it is experienced by young people themselves.

The team are currently arranging a series of workshops across Scotland, which will take place during February and March. They are looking for young people aged 15-24 from all backgrounds, including those who may experience issues and challenges in relation to education or employment, to participate in these. Organisations interested in taking part are welcome to contact Young Scot to get involved.

Iona Wilkie, 22, from Perthshire, one of the insight panel, said, “I’m pretty excited to put forward my ideas. The education system needs to change in order to better support young people in preparing them for their futures, developing them as a whole and not just for work and education. Life is so much more than just work!’’

Susan Mackay, Senior Consultant at SQW, said,”We are delighted to be working with the Insights Panel and Young Scot on this important research. The journeys of young people through the education and learning system and into the world of work are becoming increasingly complex.  This study will provide a platform for young people to share their experiences and views on the support available to help navigate these journeys”.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said, “It’s vital that young people are supporting during times of transition. When young people are making difficult decisions about their future, we must listen to them to find out how we create opportunities and provide the right advice for them flourish.”

For more information or to express an interest in having young people you work with involved in the project please email: codesign@young.scot