Recent studies suggest that around 20 per cent of 18-24 year-olds are neither employed nor in full-time education. Research shows that a lack of basic literacy skills can be a big reason why young people do not see higher education as an option. Giving young people a better understanding about how school, post-compulsory education and work life are linked may also be key to raising their aspirations.
Students at the Cass School of Education and Communities worked with young people in the local community to learn more about why and how they make life choices after the age of 18. The UEL team identified barriers to higher education and came up with recommendations about how they might be addressed.
“The project has been mind-opening and has challenged many of our early assumptions about why some young people do not choose higher education and, conversely, why some do," said Dr Carrie Weston, Associate Dean of the Cass School.
“Most of the students have been really actively engaged with the project and have contributed through literature searches, reviews of research and lively discussion."