Is too much changing for millennials?

Is too much changing for millennials?

The guinea pig generation

A combination of new GCSE and A-level exams, and the new driving test which came into play on December 4th, means there’s a generation of young people feeling like they’re not being given a fair chance to succeed.

This means added uncertainty, pressure and a potential disadvantage during what’s already a stressful time for 16 and 17-year-olds!

In a Twitter poll of more than 700 people by Marmalade, the driving force behind Learner Driver Week, 70% of respondents aged 16-17 said that they feel like they’re a generation of guinea pigs, compared to just 46% of those over 18.

When we spoke to young people about the issue*, here’s what you had to say:

“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”

“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”

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.


Commenting on the driving test changes, Marmalade’s CEO, Crispin Moger, 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 to do so. 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 new driving test is 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 no-one is thrown in the deep end while the changes take place.

Marmalade recognises the position that young drivers are in and has put together a supportive campaign, sharing advice and running competitions. Find out more here, or talk to us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

We’re on a mission to champion #TeamGuineaPig and help them prove that they won’t be held back.

*Data from research partner, YouthSight.


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