OPPORTUNITY: How the Pandemic Has Impacted You if You've Recently Left Higher or Further Education

To support the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee, Young Scot and Skills Development Scotland are looking to engage with recent Higher Education and Further Education leavers around your experiences of COVID-19 and its impact on your transition out of education, your career, employment, ambitions and aspirations.

Project Information

🎂 Recent Higher Education and Further Education Leavers up to the age of 26
📅 Sessions in May
 Anywhere in Scotland, based on Zoom

We know the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of young people in Scotland. We are keen to engage with recent Higher and Further Education leavers to find out what this has meant to you, what barriers and challenges the pandemic has raised and what support you feel would benefit you in your next steps.

The Young Person’s Guarantee offers the opportunity of a job, placement, training or volunteering for every 16-24 year old in Scotland – based on your own goals and ambitions. By taking part, you can directly inform what support is offered to young people to help you access opportunities and careers.

No previous experience is needed to take part, as we will guide you through everything you need to know.

About the sessions 

You’ll join a team of other young people who have recently left Higher or Further Education. We will give you some information about our work and lead you through a discussion around key themes and questions about your experiences. We are particularly keen to hear about how the pandemic has affected you and your plans for the future (accessing the labour market, career, access to opportunities) and what you think you and others like you need in order to support you to access a positive destination at this time.

We are hoping to run up to four sessions, but you would only be required to attend one of these.

These sessions sit alongside some wider survey work that Young Scot and Skills Development Scotland are delivering, in support of the Young Person’s Guarantee, to understand the impact COVID-19 is having specifically on young people in this group.

Participating in a Young Scot session

Taking part in one of these sessions means you will be joining a supportive and inclusive team, with opportunities to have your voice heard around issues that are important to you and meet new people from across Scotland. 

No special experience or skills are necessary to take part, and you don’t need to know anything about the wider work of Young Scot or the Young Person’s Guarantee. You don’t need to have any previous experience volunteering either!

Dedicated staff members at Young Scot will support you to take part.

We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable all young people to take part, and there will be an opportunity when you register sign-up to tell us about any support or adjustments you need to contribute fully. 

We will ensure we are a safe and trusted place for you to participate. We do not accept any form of discrimination or prejudice to anyone on our volunteering projects based on your life experience, background, culture, or identity. This includes age, disability, gender identity, parenting and caring responsibilities, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 

What you'll do at these sessions?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these sessions will take place online. However, we understand getting online can be difficult, so please still register if you have limited access as we can support you with alternative arrangements. 

We are looking to deliver up to four sessions with Higher Education and Further Education Leavers. If you volunteer, you will only need to attend one of the sessions.

On the application form, you can indicate which of the dates/times you are available for and we will do what we can to match you in with those. The sessions will be in late April 2021. The dates and times are:

  • Friday 21st May (from 5-7pm)
  • Tuesday 25th May (from 5-7pm)
  • Friday 28th May (from 5-7pm)

Each session will be interactive and you will take part in small group activities and conversations about the issues at hand.  There may also be some additional opportunities offered as part of the project – but there is no pressure to volunteer for these.

Your experiences, ideas and recommendations will be fed directly to decision-makers to help inform future work to benefit young people like you in the future.

As a #YSHive volunteer you will sometimes be invited to join extra workshops and activities with Young Scot on different topics, but these are optional. 

Sign up

Register online via Alchemer

Alternatively, email YSHive@young.scot and let us know you're interested.

We'll then share details about how to join in.


Email us on YSHive@young.scot if you have any questions or would like to know more about this session - we're happy to help! 

More information 

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