With record numbers of 16—24 year olds not in education, employment or training, there is a pressing need to improve how young people secure the opportunities they deserve.
Seeing the potential for design and digital technology to make a difference, the Design Council and Nominet Trust launched the Working Well Design Challenge.
The challenge brought together leading designers, developers and social entrepreneurs to create new ways of using the internet to help young people develop their talents and make a living.
Employability comes from more than just the ability to pass exams. Young people also need the confidence, skills and motivation to put their knowledge to good use. We therefore chose to focus our support on solutions that would equip young people with the broader talents demanded by the job market.
The three ventures we supported through early development are introduced here. They demonstrate that well designed digital technology can not only confront a pressing social and economic issue, but change the lives of young people for the better. Meet the Discoverables, The Matter, and Step Up.