Part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, the campaign kicked off in June with the aim of inspiring young Scots to develop a global outlook to help improve their education and employment prospects, make new cultural connections and strengthen their soft skills.
“Travel opens up so many doors for young people”
Featuring content ranging from funding opportunities to videos on international foods, languages and ‘Young Scot Rewards‘, the campaign also focuses on providing young people with valuable information on visiting, moving, studying and working abroad.
According to British Council research in 2017, almost 70% of young people surveyed said international experiences and a global outlook are essential to achieving their personal goals.
Director of British Council Scotland, Jackie Killeen said it is crucial to support young people to equip themselves with the skills they need to succeed in a world that is becoming ever more interconnected and interdependent.
“We’re really excited that our GlobeScotters partnership with Young Scot will share a positive message around international experience and opportunities during Scotland’s Year of Young People,” she said.
“This is a fantastic campaign for young people in Scotland,” added Louise Macdonald, chief executive of Young Scot.
“Travel opens up so many doors for young people, studying, working or even just visiting a new country offers exciting opportunities and perspectives, as well as a sense of what it is like to be a citizen of the world.”
A spokesperson for British Council Scotland told The PIE News that while it is difficult to give a specific figure of the number of Scottish students who undertake an international mobility experience, through Erasmus+ around 1,600 Scots get to expand their horizons and employability prospects by studying in Europe.
Meanwhile, UUKi is running a campaign to double the number of UK-domicilied undergraduate students who study, work or volunteer overseas for two or more weeks from 6.6% to 13% by 2020.