The report on last year’s significant progress and a continuous commitment to embed the Career Education Standard across learning and teaching is now available .
‘LifeSkills created with Barclays’ is a free employability programme for 11-24 year olds and we’re thrilled that, to date, we’ve had 5 million young people participate in the programme. Now we’re excited to announce two new initiatives that celebrate the achievements of young people, schools and colleges in their bids to boost career prospects.
What is LifeSkills?
Back in 2013, LifeSkills was launched to support educators address the growing skills gap amongst their students and face the youth employability challenge head on. Developed with educators across all four nations, LifeSkills strives to support educators develop young people’s employability skills through free, curriculum linked education content.
Through lesson plans, interactive challenges, videos and quick-fire activities, as well as student work placements opportunities and sending Barclays volunteers into the classroom, we want to help to bring career education to life.
What does LifeSkills deliver? LifeSkills covers a range of different themes that all support young people get the skills they need to move forward from education into the 21st century workplace, including building resilience, learning to be a problem solving pro, becoming an expert communicator and mastering money management.
LifeSkills and the Career Education Standard
To make teachers’ lives as easy as possible, we ensure our content is aligned with the Career Education Standard’s goal of improving ‘young people’s ability to make informed decisions about future pathways’. In particular, throughout the resources we look at how we can fulfil the following criteria highlighted within the standard:
• engage young people in meaningful discussion about their skills development
• develop their understanding of the responsibilities and duties placed on employers and employees
• facilitate young people’s learning and their ability to engage with a rapidly developing landscape of work/career and learning opportunities
Greg Leighton, an employability support officer in Glasgow and member of the LifeSkills Educator Advisory Council is passionate about the programme, stating ‘It’s no longer just about qualifications. Young people now, more than ever, need softer skills like confidence and communication, alongside relevant experience, to meet the demands of a changing world of work. LifeSkills resources are comprehensive, easy to use and essential in helping young people to realise and fulfil their true potential.’
But it doesn’t end there. Now we’re taking the programme to the next level.
Launched in October, LifeSkills Champions offers young people the chance to gain valuable recognition for boosting their own and their peers’ employability skills through LifeSkills. If you work in education, you can nominate anyone aged 14-19 to become a LifeSkills Champion.
Once nominated, young people are tasked with delivering a series of LifeSkills sessions to their peers. From CV writing to interview preparation, networking best practice and more, the sessions cover core skills and competencies that are essential to employers. What’s more, they’ll be supported along the way with a toolkit, packed full of tips and videos from LifeSkills Ambassadors. When their designated activities have been completed and approved, they’ll receive a ‘LifeSkills created with Barclays’ digital badge to help demonstrate to prospective employers that they’ve got the skills to take on new challenges, act as a leader and motivate others.
The LifeSkills Award
Going hand in hand with LifeSkills Champions is the LifeSkills Award. This recognises schools and colleges which are going above and beyond to support their students to gain the skills they need for better futures using LifeSkills. We know there are so many schools and colleges out there doing amazing work to set their students up for success by embedding LifeSkills across their whole institution, and we want to make sure they’re getting the recognition they deserve. Successful applicants will receive certification that demonstrates their institution’s commitment to championing young people’s employability locally and nationally, as well as to regulators and parents.
You can find out more about these two initiatives, alongside a wealth of free employability skills resources, at barclayslifeskills.com/teachers.
Parkhill Secondary School in Glasgow has developed an exciting and innovative approach to preparing young people with additional support needs for the world of work. In partnership with colleges and employers the school has established their own Enterprise Academy that provides pupils with work-based learning opportunities and industry relevant qualifications.
Access the outline of the programme here:
The following film clips outline the format, experiences and impact of the Academy programme :
The school has used the Career Education Standard to reflect on the progress made in delivering against the expectations set out within the standard: Parkhill Sec School, CES self-evaluation
This exemplar outlines a 8 week programme that helps learners in S2 to gain valuable experiences, skills and qualifications in relation to the world of work. Delivered in partnership with a number or organisations this PSHE course component provides learner with the opportunities to develop a wide variety of employability and career management skills as well as key attributes and dispositions to better prepare them for the world of work.
This is one component of a wider whole school strategy on career education that aims to inspire and prepare learners for future pathways and the world of work.
The following will outline the programme in more detail
The following documents provide materials in support of the delivery of an SQA employability award :
- CCHS Pupil Booklet (00000002)with footers
- 1617 unit 1 powerpoint CCHS
- 1516 unit 3 powerpoint CCHS
- 1617 unit 2 powerpoint CCHS
In case you haven seen this report so far:
This Ready for Work (2014) report, produced by Impetus-PEF in partnership with the Young Foundation and the Social Research Unit at Dartington (SRU), seeks to provide practical answers to the question: how can we help young people be ready for work? The study aims to support those who fund, invest in or provide services to improve the employability of young people – including our main concern, young people from disadvantaged background.
It identifies six essential capabilities that young people are expected to demonstrate in order to get and keep a job:
Self-awareness, Receptiveness, Drive, being Self-assured, Resilience and being Informed.
The report also reflected on a number of programmes or interventions with a proven record of success, providing valuable thoughts and information as people develop and implement strategies within their respective contexts.
You can access the report here: 2014_09-Ready-for-Work
DYW Regional Group in Moray involved 15 pupils to plan, film and edit 6 films for use in any educational context to show young people what career opportunities are available to them in growth sectors in the local authority.
The films are focussed on 6 Growth Sectors identified in the Moray Skills Framework launched in May 2017 by the Moray Council. We now would like the film to be used as much as possible to inform our young people better about potential career paths available to them – examples of usage may be at careers events; to assist with the delivery of courses within schools/colleges; to generally promote the Moray area for work etc.
Please follow the link below and scroll down to the section that says “Careers in Moray – Films for Educational Usage”.
Teachers, Lecturers and Employers are more than welcome to use them to show to our young people in Moray the Careers Available to them. Please can you pass on this email to any of your colleagues who would find it of value to see or use the films.
The films are also available on our YouTube page. Please click on the links below for each video.
- Early Learning and Childcare Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVtmjGMz6bU
- Food, Drink & Tourism Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvdIsrynuhc
- Engineering Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6SYWiz89Tc
- Creative Industries & IT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txfUIjYhay0
- Business/Professional Services Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ruawNL-mo
- Land Based Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX77i4dvNdM
Also, if you haven’t yet noticed on our social media pages, there is a number of photos that were taken from our Moray’s Aspiring Film Trainee Awards (MAFTAs) on Monday evening. This event launched the films and recognised all of the pupils involved in the project. You can find these photos on the Facebook page “DYW More in Moray” – https://www.facebook.com/DYWMoreInMoray/.
The Fund will provide short term grants (with £5 million of funding available per year) to young disabled people, providing them with opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities, creating a lasting impact on their lives.
Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said:
“We want everyone in society to have the same quality of life, and providing support to disabled people is one of the areas we have worked on. This Transition Fund will support young disabled people to take up opportunities to contribute to and participate in their communities, to help them live as independently as possible.
“We have worked directly with disabled people to develop this fund and to ensure that we give people choices and treat them with the fairness, dignity and respect they deserve. I would encourage all those who are eligible to apply for funding to do so now.”
Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said:
“I’m delighted this fund is now open for application. Our Disability Action Plan lists a number of actions to transform the lives of disabled people in Scotland and that includes actions setting out to tackle the inequalities and barriers faced by disabled young people, including tackling social isolation, employment opportunities and improving lives at points of transition.”
Young disabled people will be able to apply to the Transition Fund for a grant to enable them to participate in activities in their communities they have never had the opportunity to before, such as joining a club or a class.
Ryan Cuzen, an individual looking to apply to the Transition Fund, said:
“I see this fund as a positive step forward and a gate opener for young disabled folk in transition to improve their lifestyle and to get out and about.
“I want to be able to try new adult orientated activities, like mixed martial arts, and applying to the Transition Fund would give me the chance to do this.
“The hope is that the fund will give young disabled people, including myself, more confidence and help to develop community social skills.”
Peter Scott, CEO of ILF Scotland, remarked:
“We are thrilled that our Transition Fund is now open, providing a real opportunity for young disabled people to break down social barriers, and to fully participate in their communities, enhancing their independence.
“Disabled people, their organisations and their carers have been at the heart of developing this fund and its implementation. We will continue to work closely with them to maximise positive outcomes and the impact of the Transition Fund for young disabled people.”
To find out more information about the Transition Fund, the full eligibility criteria and how to apply, please go to the Transition Fund section of our website here.
In December 2017 the Dundee Rep Theatre ran their Enterprise @ the Rep project which saw 73 young people work with more than 30 members of staff and visiting artists across 10 departments over 2 days.
Now in its 9th year, this unique project sits at the heart of our core mission to embed Creative Learning practices across the Rep theatre, enabling us to not only develop greater creative opportunities for a range of participants, artists and staff but to also raise the ambitions and aspirations of young people across the city.
Find out more about this inspirational project and its impact by watching the following film clip:
Make the connection with the Work Placements Standard!
The Scottish Education Awards recognise early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.
This award recognises establishments which promote creativity and the world of work for pupils and staff through the development of skills across all contexts and settings where young people are learning.
The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.
Please give careful thought to the points below before submitting your nomination. It is important that you provide as much detail as you can to give a good account of the practical activities and programmes you are supporting in relation to this award category. You should also answer each question fully as the scoring criteria for the awards are based on these questions. Bullet points and concise sentences are acceptable.
To nominate in The Employability and Creativity across Learning Award please click here.
When submitting your nomination form please consider the following when answering the questions.
1. Please provide detail about all the activities, programmes and creative approaches you are taking forward in your setting in relation to this award category. How are these being embedded across the four contexts for learning? (Max 600 words)
The 4 contexts of learning are:
•Ethos and life of the school as a community
•Curriculum areas and subjects
•Opportunities for personal achievement
For this award you may wish to include details about the following:
•How does your establishment promote creativity and the world of work for pupils and staff?
•How are these skills being developed across all curriculum areas, in interdisciplinary studies/projects and in all other contexts and settings where young people are learning?
•How is your school ensuring that practitioners and young people, recognise, articulate and value these?
2. How are you promoting equity, equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to this award category? (Max 300 words)
For this award you may wish to include details about the following:
•How is your school ensuring all young people have the opportunities to develop employability and creativity skills?
3. What impact are your approaches having on learners, staff, their families, partner organisations, other educational establishments and the wider community? What evidence do you have to support this? (Max 300 words)
For this award you may wish to include details about the following:
•How is your school ensuring parents are aware of, and understand the value of employability and creativity skills?
•How are your partnerships supporting the development of these skills?
During a 2 day seminar the team at Loch Eil will demonstrate how the outdoor context can develop core skills relevant in supporting young people to realise their future aspirations and career pathway. The seminar will make reference to skills development in relation to the Career Education Standard, attainment and wider achievement.
More information about the seminar and how to sign up here.
EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS – SCOTLAND
The Outward Bound Trust
Loch Eil Centre, Achdalieu
Fort William, PH33 7NN
T 07919 887716
Also: Access the Outward Bound interesting practice exemplar here.