Targeted support for young people

Promoting confidence and skills

Some young people need help and support to build their confidence and skills before moving into a job, training or further education. Research suggests targeted support during this period can make the difference between a successful and a disrupted transition to adulthood.

Evaluating the Doncaster pre-16 E2E pilot

The E2E programme aims to provide learners with the right help and support, as well as providing them with the confidence and skills to move into employment, training or further education. Qa Research was commissioned by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to undertake an evaluation of the Doncaster pre-16 E2E pilot programme. While anecdotal evidence suggested the programme was successfully increasing the self esteem and motivation of young people, quantitative proof of its impact was required to improve the project and secure additional funding.

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Some young people need help and support to build their confidence and skills before moving into a job, training or further education


Our mixed methodology approach was conducted in four phases:

  • Focus groups with young people used interactive evaluation techniques which ensured they were relaxed and able to add meaning to the final report
  • Telephone interviews with early leavers and past users added insight and influenced our final recommendations
  • Telephone interviews with parents/carers of young people sought suggestions for improving the service and to identify the benefits to their children
  • Telephone interviews with learning mentors, referral and provider agencies explored their perceptions of the programme’s effectiveness and the strength of local partnership working

Building on success

Many young people talked about becoming more mature and confident, highlighting changes in their attitude and motivation since the programme began. The pilot programme successfully secured extra funding and continues to grow. Qa Research is currently evaluating the full pre-16 E2E programme.

For more details e-mail angela.browne@qaresearch.co.uk or call 01904 632039