Transition Years

A wide range of factors influence a young persons wellbeing and transition into adulthood including their experiences of the education systemrelationships with parents, families and peers.   DfE

Investment in early and school years is critical to giving people the skills and aspirations to succeed in later life. But the transition between finding compulsory education and entering work is also vital. The choices that young people make can have a lasting impact on their future and that of their children

What are the transition years?

The period from the end of compulsory education through to the time when young people take up higher education or embark in a career. Unfortunately, too many young people struggle to get a foothold into higher education or into the labour market and end up NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

Educational Wellbeing and Life Choices life skills programme improve youth participation with the transition from education to higher education, work or even entrepreneurship.

Our goals are to:

  • Take a holistic whole family whole community approach to tackle disadvantage, social inequality and exclusion.
  • Focus on life aspirations and character building
  • Re-engage NEET’s into wellbeing by building their confidence and teaching resilience and self-management life skills.
  • Empower Parents to build supportive family relationships
  • Reduce risky behaviour by teaching others tools to ‘be well’.
  • Raise social awareness
  • Increase social competence


  1. The years between 16 and 24 are a critical transition period from education to adult life and a period where young people’s paths diverge sharply.
  2. Choices made during this period of life can have a profound, long-lasting impact.
  3. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to make a successful transition to adulthood and work; they are more likely to not be in employment, education or training and are less likely to progress to Higher Education, especially in the most selective universities.
  4. Too many young people fall out of education and fail to move into employment or training. At the end of 2011, 197,600 (9.9 per cent) 16- to 18-year-olds were NEET. Rates vary considerably with age – 5.4 per cent of 16-year-olds, 8.4 per cent of 17-year-olds and 15.8 per cent of 18-year-olds.
  5. NEET have damaging long-term effects on wellbeing and social mobility outcomes.
  6. Participating in post-16 education or training can unlock a young person’s potential by allowing them to go onto higher education.
  7. Early Intervention can have a high impact in reducing youth crime and risky behaviour.
  8. Parents and families are the strongest influence in young people’s lives, significantly shaping their values and aspirations. Importantly, parent’s aspirations for their children tend to be influenced and limited by their own experiences. Help with parenting is an important factor to changing social mobility opportunities for young people.

Source: Open Doors Breaking barriers A Strategy for Social