Youth guarantee pathways and profiles project
A four-year project to explore the experiences of young people on Youth Guarantee Fees-Free training programmes and their education providers.
The aim of the project is to find out more about the experiences of learners on Youth Guarantee Fees-Free training programmes and their education providers for the purpose of improving educational provision and learner outcomes.
The qualitative and quantitative methodology of the project includes:
- data collection and analysis
- focus groups.
Project Contact LeaderChief Executive, Community Colleges New Zealand
Dr Ria Schroder
Project Academic ManagerThe Collaborative
Interim findings from interviews with learners
- Support from others helped participants plan, feel motivated and confident and overcome challenges.
- Positive relationships improved learning, achievement and provided access to support.
- Opportunities for self management and responsibility increased engagement and personal development.
- Positive learning experiences increased self-confidence and motivation and skill development.
Interim findings from focus groups with staff
- Training helped young people gain qualifications and experience personal and educational success.
- Support and positive relationships led to engagement.
- The structure of Youth Guarantee Fees-Free training needed improvement.
- It needed to better align with the needs of learners and the Youth Guarantee framework.
Interim findings related to what's working
- Support from whānau and friends, education providers and other support services worked well.
- Training helped young people gain skills for education and employment, as well as confidence.
Interim findings related to what's challenging
- Accessing support and knowledge about education and employment was challenging for some.
- Finding employment was a challenge for others.
- Some participants identified a lack of motivation, confidence, time and self-management as barriers.
Interim findings related to policy
- Policymakers and young people clearly saw the topic of 'transitions' differently.
- Young people, for example, saw Youth Guarantee Fees-Free training as part of a process of self-development rather than as a one-off event that determined the young person's future direction.
INTERIM REPORT | Youth guarantee pathways and profiles project
A report prepared by Doug Reid, Adelaide Reid, Mark Turner, Ria Schroder and Sarah McKay – The Collaborative for Research in Training in Youth Health and Development.
- 3 March 2017