The young people who took part in the pilot project were diverse in terms of age, gender and background. There were three groups – 10 young people per group.
Their role in the project was as follows:
- To attend a 1-day research skills training session, delivered by NIACE.
- Working in pairs, to conduct a minimum of two short face-to-face interviews with local employers. Each young person had the opportunity to lead an interview and to note-take an interview.
- To write up the notes of each interview.
- To attend a group meeting to discuss the interview findings.
- To help put together a summary of the key findings from the interviews.
- To provide feedback about their experience of the project by taking part in a short film.
The training session involved a mixture of short presentations, and small and whole group discussions. Its aims were to provide young people with:
- a good understanding of the project and the reasons for doing it;
- clear guidance on their role in the project, the support available to them, and the potential benefits of taking part for themselves and other unemployed young people;
- an introduction to research, and particularly conducting face-to-face interviews; and
- the confidence to conduct face-to-face interviews with employers.
As part of the training, young people contributed to the development of the interview questions for employers. For a copy of the interview questions, click here. Young people who completed the training session received a certificate of attendance.
Following the training, partner organisations provided further support to their young people to conduct the interviews with employers, analyse the findings and produce a summary report.