As part of the impact strategy of the Young-Adulllt (YA) research project in Scotland (ESRC-IAA funded), four of the team members of the Scottish team organised local meetings in Glasgow and Aberdeen in collaboration with Glasgow City Council and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The meetings took place in Glasgow City Council on the 18th October 2017 and at the SDS offices in Aberdeen City on the 24th October 2017. Members of the Glasgow City Council, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, SDS and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) participated in these local meetings.
In both cases members of the YA Scottish research team had the chance to:
- Present the overall objectives of the project
- Present the initial findings on mapping, reviewing and analysing Lifelong Learning policies for young adults in the two regions
- Discuss how local and regional stakeholders can benefit from the project findings
- Explore ways of collaboration with local and regional stakeholders
In both meetings the local stakeholders recognised and found the initial research findings relevant to their local and regional realities. Most of the time was devoted to discussions on contrasting the policy making and implementation processes at the national and local level. There was also some discussion on potential ways of collaborating, including suggested invitations to the Young ADULLLT Team to regional conferences organised by the stakeholders to further present and discuss new research findings and develop forms of collaboration.