Are young people ready for the world of work? - 25 May, 2006
Under-18s will get the
opportunity to make their voices heard in a Hansard Society online debate - Whistle
while you work? How do you rate your job prospects?
The forum will run from June 12
to June 30, 2006 at www.HeadsUp.org.uk
The Whistle while you
work? How do you rate your job prospects? forum puts key questions to
the participating young people:
- Do you feel that you have to go to university
to complete a degree in order to get a decent job?
- Are there good vocational courses out there?
Are they as valued as university degrees? Do you need degrees?
- Have you undertaken work experience or
volunteering yet or do you plan to in the future? What was it like?
- Is there a sufficient amount of reliable
career advice being given to you at school or elsewhere about your
possible future career path?
This forum has attracted the
online involvement of a range of decision-makers, these include:
- Bill Rammell MP - Minister of State for Higher Education and
- Parmjit Dhanda MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for
Children and Families
- Justine Greening MP - Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party
and a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee
- Barry Sheerman MP - Chairman of the Education and Skills
- Maria Miller MP - Shadow Minister for Education
- David Laws MP - Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State
for Work and Pensions
- Stephen Williams MP - Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Further
and Higher Education
- Natascha Engel MP - Member of the Work and Pensions Select
- Tim Boswell MP - Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions
- Michael Foster MP - Member of the Work and Pensions Select
- Danny Alexander MP - Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work and
Barry Griffiths, HeadsUp
Project Manager, commented: "The HeadsUp team are really looking forward to
this job prospects debate as it will be fascinating following the interactions
between young people and parliamentarians. If you are under 18, it's never too
late to get involved in HeadsUp - I just wish I had this type of opportunity,
to have my opinions heard by decision-makers, open to me when I was 16!"
HeadsUp is a vital resource for teaching the
political literacy element of the Citizenship
Curriculum and ensuring young people's voices are heard by decision-makers. In
addition to the forum where school students explore and debate the political
issues and ideas that matter to them, there are teachers' notes, ideas for
classroom activities and background information all available on the HeadsUp
Young people taking part in
this HeadsUp Forum are available for interview
For more information contact
Virginia Gibbons, Communications Manager at the Hansard Society on 0207 438
1225, 07812 765 552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- HeadsUp (www.HeadsUp.org.uk)
is an innovative website where under-18s debate political issues and
processes. The site is fast becoming established as a non-partisan,
cross-party educational resource that provides a secure, structured and
student-centred discussion platform.
- Now two ways to register to participate in HeadsUp:
- Young People - If you are under 18 and want to get
involved you need to email us at email@example.com.
We will then email you back with your unique username and password. Once
you're registered you can take part wherever and whenever you want.
- Teachers - can register a whole class/school
year/group by completing our online
- All HeadsUp forums are now open to
all to view and follow the debate. This will benefit many young people,
teachers and parliamentarians as they will now be able to ‘try before they
buy' and observe the dynamic of the debates without being registered.
Participants will still need to register or login to post comments.
- The project is jointly funded by the DfES
(Department for Education and Skills) and the House of Commons.
- At the end of the debate, a summary report
detailing young people's contributions will be distributed to officials at
both the Department for Education and Skills, and Department for Work and
Pensions, government ministers, MPs and relevant all-party groups in
- If anyone experiences any problems with the HeadsUp
registration process please contact Barry Griffiths on 020 7438 1214.
- HeadsUp is an integration of the Hansard Society's
work in Citizenship and
- 3400 individuals are currently registered
- HeadsUp was conceived and developed by the Hansard
Society with technical and design support from Glasgow-based digital
design agency, Dog Digital (www.dogdigital.co.uk).
- The Hansard Society is an independent,
non-partisan educational charity, which exists to promote effective