The three-year DesignMyFuture project started in November 2019 and is jointly led by Dr Marc Fabri from the School of Art and Dr Mhairi Beaton from the Carnegie School of Education, both from Leeds Beckett University. The aim of the project is to reduce early school leaving, promote positive decision making and prevent young people from entering the job market with insufficient skills.
DesignMyFuture will focus on young people’s identity development: The project will develop a game that allows young people to learn about skills that are useful in different areas of life, education or work. Young people will identify the skills they already possess and be encouraged to think about how to attain new skills. The game will allow them to explore their possible future in a safe, playful and engaging way. Teachers will be involved in supporting the young people, benefiting from training modules which are also developed as part of the project.
What’s the impact?
In the long term, DesignMyFuture will contribute to increased employment, greater cohesion in society and economic prosperity despite the rapid changes in the employment market. This is particularly relevant for groups who are at an increased risk of not having the educational preparations and qualifications for a twenty-first century workplace and society.
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