Transition of Young People into Careers (14-19) Project

The Transition of Young People into Careers (14-19) Project is jointly funded and jointly led by the Department for the Economy (DfE) and the Department of Education (DE). It is an innovative project, working in collaboration across two Departments.

Aim of the Project

The aim of the Project is to develop an overarching strategy to support the transition of young people into careers by enhancing the 14-19 education and training landscape, so that our young people reach their potential and maximise their contribution to our economy and society. The Project will seek to develop a suite of fully assessed and costed options for future Ministers (both DfE and DE) to consider.

Three Core Phases

An Innovation Lab, jointly sponsored by the Department of Education and the Department for the Economy and supported by the Department of Finance (DoF) was held in August 2018. The event involved a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in the design and delivery of education, skills and training. 

The purpose of the Innovation Lab was to build consensus around a vision for the future for this policy area, identify the key challenges, opportunities and gaps relating to 14-19 provision, and develop recommendations for future work. 

The Project has three core phases:

  • Phase 1: Extensive engagement with key stakeholders (including through the Innovation Lab) to identify the key challenges for 14-19 education and training.  
  • Phase 2:  Establish and take forward a number of separate work streams to develop options to address the key issues identified through stakeholder engagement.
  • Phase 3: Draft a strategy for public consultation and consideration by incoming Ministers outlining costed options. 


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