Publication of findings from the Young Persons' Behaviour and Attitudes Survey 2022

Date published: 22 November 2023

The Department for the Economy has today published a statistical report presenting key findings from the Young Persons’ Behaviour and Attitudes Survey (YPBAS) 2022 in relation to careers advice and guidance to year 11 and 12 pupils in Northern Ireland and their future intentions.

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)
Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

The statistics cover the confidence of year 11 and 12 pupils in making career decisions, the support they require to achieve their career goals, their awareness of the all-age Careers Service, their knowledge of how to contact a Careers Adviser outside school and their future intentions after they finish school.

Key Points:

  • Two thirds (66%) of year 11 and 12 pupils felt very confident (16%) or confident (50%) about making decisions about their career.
  • The majority (95%) of year 11 and 12 pupils felt information on the qualifications needed to progress their career plans is very important or quite important to help them to achieve their career goals.
  • The majority (85%) of year 11 and 12 pupils said they were not aware of the Government’s/ Department for the Economy’s all-age Careers Service.
  • The majority (85%) of year 11 and 12 pupils said they did not know how to contact a Careers Adviser outside school.
  • The majority (80%) of year 11 and 12 pupils strongly agreed or agreed they would like to find work after they finish school.

This full statistical report and related information is available to download on at Careers and future intentions research

Notes to editors: 

  1. The statistics presented in this report are based on data gathered from the Young Persons’ Behaviour and Attitudes Survey (YPBAS) 2022, a school-based survey conducted among 11 to 16 year olds.
  2. The 2022 YPBAS was conducted between September 2022 and March 2023 by the Central Survey Unit of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
  3. The findings in this report are based on data which have been weighted by year group, sex and religion in order to reflect the composition of the Northern Ireland post-primary population (aged 11 to 16).
  4. Further notes and details are available in the report on the Department’s website.
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