Launched in July 2012, Working Well was a Design Challenge run in partnership with Nominet Trust. It supported three teams in designing and launching new digital products and services to help young people develop their talents and make a living.

The problem

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 quality opportunities. 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 insight

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.

Our response

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.

The three ventures we supported through early development show that well-designed digital technology can not only confront a pressing social and economic issue, but it can also change the lives of young people for the better.

Discoverables – a website that helps young people find and develop their key skills and strengths, and share them with potential employers.

The Matter – a newspaper produced and published entirely by young people.

State of Ambition – a website that helps young people to identify their career ambition and connect with those that can help them achieve it.

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