ERIC Number: EJ695878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 10
Education, Training and Rural Living: Young People in Ryedale
Education + Training, v47 n3 p183-201 2005
Purpose ? To evaluate the impact of rural renaissance projects aimed at overcoming issues of accessibility and out-migration of the younger, more economically active population and to consider what young people feel about education, training and rural living in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. Design/methodology/approach ? Twenty Single Regeneration Budget SRB 5 projects focus on the 10-29 age group to improve their confidence, employability and opportunities to encourage them to remain in, or return to, Ryedale. Research includes interviews with project managers and a survey of Year 11 students in four secondary schools to reveal views on education, jobs and rural living. The 320 replies are compared with 378 from a 2001 survey. Findings ? Educational attainment is rising. Young people expect to remain in education post-16, but leave Ryedale for educational and employment opportunities. Job aspirations suggest mismatches between requirements and availability, especially in skilled professional, associate professional and technical fields. Ryedale is increasingly perceived as a pleasant, secure environment many wish to stay or return eventually. Research limitations/implications ? The surveys feature Year 11 pupils. Further work might examine different age groups, areas and factors encouraging young people to stay in rural areas. Practical implications ? The SRB 5 projects produced positive impacts, however, scope remains for greater representation of young peoples needs and inputs into local services and decision-making. Originality/value ? The paper offers a temporal comparison of surveys and projects related to young people in a rural area. It is of value to policy-makers and educationalists examining young peoples perceptions and out-migration influences.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Employment Opportunities, Young Adults, Age, Educational Attainment, Rural Areas
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)