Are we changing too much for the younger generation?

Guinea pig-

Posted by Media Team on 23 November 2017

Research from Marmalade has found that the new GCSE and A-level exams followed by the new driving test have left millennials feeling like ‘guinea pigs’.

In a Twitter poll of more than 700 people, the leading provider of cars and insurance for young drivers has found that 70% of respondents aged 16-17 feel like they’re a generation of guinea pigs, compared to just 46% of those over 18.

A combination of new GCSE and A-level exams and the new driving test, which comes into play on December 4th this year, means young people facing both changes simultaneously are experiencing a sense of uncertainty and lack of support.

When Marmalade spoke to young people about the issue*, one respondent said: “Ever since the new A-levels and GCSEs were introduced I would definitely agree that people my age have been used as guinea pigs, by the government and the education system in general”.

Another says they have “suffered” in comparison to their older brothers and sisters, who had it “easier” as they had a much better idea of how systems worked.

Crispin Moger, CEO at Marmalade, said: “We do everything we can to support our young drivers, and it’s at times like these that it’s of the utmost importance. In the lead up to the new driving test format we’ve built a supportive campaign around the guinea pig concept, sharing advice and running competitions on our social media channels at @WeAreMarmalade. We’re on a mission to champion #TeamGuineaPig and support these people who feel disadvantaged”.

The hardship is not limited to young drivers, however, with people of all ages feeling unprepared for the driving test changes. As one respondent said: “They threw us in at the deep end and also didn’t tell the instructors what to do; they’re releasing the information so close to the deadline. All this leads to the fact that we’ll have no idea what we are doing”.

Crispin continues: “Despite facing big changes, we need to make students and young drivers feel confident. Young people’s mental health is always on the agenda and we need to offer supportive resources to enable them to succeed during this transition period. The driving test changes are a positive shift that will equip the next generation of drivers with valuable skills needed to navigate relatable driving situations such as following a sat nav and understanding vehicle safety – we just need to ensure they’re not thrown in the deep end while the changes take place”.

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