Early school leaving (ESL) and dropping-out are often seen as the fault of young people. We see them as the results of disengagement towards the formal education system, mistrust in the ability of education for securing future employment and negative learning experiences (e.g. see Ten Steps to Equity in Education, 2008). As a result, certain groups of young people remain without basic qualifications and with low skills, which significantly increases the likelihood of unemployment or precarious work, exacerbated by the effects of the economic recession. In turn, the absence of young people from the labour market is a significant detriment to socio-economic advancements, evidencing on one hand a deficit in youth-related policies and on the other hand ponderous youth civic participation.
Launch meeting to take place in October
If you would like to get involved in the programme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
User and Civic participation is one of IARS’ founding values. The project will develop user-led training with the beneficiaries. What is unique about our evidence-based programme is that young people and ESLs are directly involved in design and delivery of the training. Due to their own lived experience of labour markets in the UK, the young people are experts on the issues that affect them, and the project gives them an opportunity to have their voices heard.
GRANT agreement: 2017-1-UK01-KA205-035400