Skills Case Study: YourSay Survey

Skills Case Study: YourSay Survey

 “The survey has been developed to gather young people’s views on careers education in Cheshire East, to help identify what they see as potential barriers to employment and help shape our priorities for the future.” Cllr George Hayes, Chairman of The Skills & Growth Company*

In order to help shape our future careers advice and guidance policy, we developed an online survey for our 18 – 24 year-olds to have their say on the careers guidance they received.

The survey was designed to be as easy to complete as possible and suitable for use with a mobile phone, tablet or computer. The results have enabled us to collate feedback to understand the gaps in the existing careers education, information and advice offer for young people. We can then use this evidence to shape future planning and activities to ensure all students receive the best careers advice, including the right kind of guidance in choosing their career, what skills or qualifications are needed and where to gain them.

Over 600 young people took part in the survey and gave us plenty of evidence to help us make the case for changes to policy and delivery of careers education and advice. Many of our secondary schools embraced the survey and are using the results to track positive change to their careers education services. The survey includes the option for individual reports for each school to identify what’s working well and what could be improved.

Some of the key findings included:

  • 87% did not receive sufficient info about the local labour market
  • 43% did not receive sufficient info about Apprenticeships.
  • 56% did receive relevant work experience
  • 63% did receive sufficient info about university options

We plan to run YourSay annually so we can track the changes in responses and adapt policy accordingly.  If you are a school and would like to know more about the survey and how it could benefit your school please get in touch.

*Please note this case study was published before The Skills & Growth Company was brought back into the Council’s Economic Development Service.

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