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Days left for young people to complete online survey

Nearly 3,000 young people have so far taken part in an online survey into their changing attitudes and aspirations in relation to the Highlands and Islands.

The survey, commissioned HIE, runs until Monday (30 July).

It is exploring opportunities around education, training and employment for people aged 15 to 30, and how these can be maximised.

Those taking part can enter a prize draw, with prizes including tickets to Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Groove Loch Ness, as well as vouchers for Spotify and Netflix.

The survey builds on a similar study commissioned by HIE in 2015, which demonstrated an overwhelming sense of pride and confidence in the region among the 4,400 young people who took part.

Carroll Buxton, HIE director of regional development, said:

“Young economically active people are absolutely vital to the future prosperity of the Highlands and Islands and crucial in the long-term sustainability of communities.

“This is an important study that will help inform policy and activities in relation to both population growth and young talent attraction and retention across the region.

“We had a really good response in 2015 that provided an excellent insight into the attitudes that young people have towards the region and their aspirations for its future. We would encourage anyone between 15 and 30 to take 15 minutes next time they are on line and complete the survey to make sure their views are included, and maybe even win a prize.”

Young people can access the online survey at www.hie.co.uk/yp-research . It takes around 15 minutes to complete and is running until 30 July.

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