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Professional Learning Programme: The Enterprising Practitioner⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Are you Looking for creative ways to develop children and young people’s learning about the world of work?Scot Enterprising Schools

Enterprising attitudes and skills such as generating ideas, creative problem solving, being pro-active and tenacious and taking responsibility, help to support our young people to cope with, and indeed succeed, in our increasingly dynamic wold of work. Scotland’s Enterprising Schools have developed a free online professional learning programme – The Enterprising Practitioner to help you have a better understanding of enterprise education and how you can help young people develop an enterprising mind set.

The three module programme aims to give you a brief introduction to this broad area:

Module 1 introduces you to the wider context of enterprise in education and the key stakeholders who can help you. Module 2 reviews key teaching approaches commonly used by practitioners to help support enterprising learning and Module 3 has a focus on self-employment and entrepreneurship and aims to bust many of the myths surrounding this area.

Each module is supported by an activity pack designed to challenge you to reflect on each area and consider your own practice and that of your school.

My World of Work: New ‘pathway’ feature support the search for jobs⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

mywow-pathwaysThere are now more ways for young people to browse pathways and explore potential qualifications routes on Skills Development Scotland’s career information and advice web service, My World of Work.  Senior Service Development Executive Mairi Rule explains how these changes will help young people, and those who support them:

“Our new ‘pathways’ feature is changing the way our users can search for, filter and explore job profiles.   The idea behind them was simple. We grouped all the jobs on the web service into one of six broad pathway groupings based on common high level activities and skills.  We then gave individuals the ability to browse job profiles, and further refine search results, by one of these six pathways.

The six pathway verbs and their descriptors are:

  • Care                       educating and caring for others
  • Create                  creating things and expressing new ideas
  • Discover              exploring problems to find answers
  • Produce               making and fixing things
  • Protect                 defending people’s rights and keeping them safe
  • Support                supporting customers and organising things

These simple groupings provide young people with a new way of exploring jobs that challenge traditional industry stereotypes.

For example, the ‘Create’ pathway shows customers that jobs that involve creative activities can exist in a range of industry areas, such as engineering or information and computing technology.  It’s a great way of showing the range of jobs that could be of interest, broadening horizons and allowing exploration of a wider range of opportunities.  You’ll find the new filters within the My Career Options landing page of My World of Work and within the subject choices tool.

Similar thinking also sits behind our work on qualification routes.  We know that young people in schools, particularly those focusing on passing exams, can find it difficult to understand how the subjects they are studying relate to future careers.

In addition, some young people, parents, carers and employers can be unfamiliar with the current range of available qualifications, and how all of them relate to the world of work.  By introducing new qualifications functionality, we hope to help increase that understanding of the relationship between learning in the classroom and the world of work, as well as highlighting the range of learning opportunities available.

The functionality is above the ‘Getting in’ section of 150 job profiles on My World of Work, allowing users to create personalised qualification routes.

Users can view and select from different types of qualifications, including new work based learning options such as Foundation Apprenticeships, in order to build up multiple routes for one or more careers.  They will also be able to view detailed information about the qualifications that are shown, such as length of study, and select links to related course and apprenticeship information.

At the end of the tool, users can view and print off the routes they’ve created which they can then compare or discuss with their SDS careers adviser, parent, carer or teacher.   If signed in, customers can also save their qualification pathway to the book marks section of their My World of Work account.

We’re continuing to add qualification routes to job profiles, all of which will have the tool by the summer.”

The six new pathways on My Career Options landing page and the Subject Choices tool

To see an example of qualification routes check out https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/accounting-technician

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

twitter-images-apprenticeship-weekScottish Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration showing that apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the economy and encouraging more employers to take on apprentices.

From 6 to 10 March the campaign theme for 2017 is ‘Apprenticeships are Changing’.With a commitment to more Modern Apprenticeships; the introduction of Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships – it’s never been more important to promote the apprenticeship family.

Organisations and employers are being urged to take part and share the business benefits of apprenticeships with others. Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), #ScotAppWeek17 highlights the commitment of businesses who have decided to invest in the skills of their workforce and showcases the successes of apprentices who have chosen to get a job, get paid and get qualified.

Visit the campaign homepage scottishapprenticeshipweek.com for information on the week, to register events and to access the digital toolkit featuring images, posters and social media designs.

DYW- Interesting practice exemplar: Outward Bound – supporting young people on the future pathways⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

outward boundOver the last 75 years Outward Bound has uses the outdoors to equip young people from all walks of life with valuable skills for education, work and life in order to fulfil their potential. The charity’s programmes help young people to become more confident, more effective and more capable at school, college and in the workplace.  Participants in the varies outdoor initiatives learn a deep appreciation of the balance between risk, reward and responsibility and leave our programmes with transferrable, essential life skills, including:

  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Listening and communicating effectively
  • Facing a challenge with determination
  • Cooperation and collaboration
  • Maintaining a positive outlook, even when things get tough
  • Effective leadership skills

As a result of recent discussions around the alignment of their work to the Career Education Standard (3-18) (CES), Freda Fallon (Education Partnerships) has begun to map their activities against the expectations, entitlements and ‘I can’ statements of the standard (see outward-bound-dyw-career-standard-mapping-exercise-draft).   It is clear that many of the Outward Bound activities support the realisation of CES and deliver on the entitlements of children and young people outlined within the standard.

To find out more about Outward Bound’s programmes, their links to industry and the world of work as well as case studies from schools that successfully use the programme and individual testimonies of young people please access the following interesting practice exemplar:  interesting-practice-in-skills-dyw-outward-bound

SLF 2017: Submit a seminar proposal⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

slf-logoThe Festival provides high quality continuing professional learning and is a rendezvous for educational professionals both nationally and internationally, providing a unique platform to engage with a diverse range of experts, colleagues and suppliers.

Education Scotland organises the event and is now accepting seminar proposals for the 2017 conference programme which will feature around 100 seminars over two days.

Is there a project you have been working on that could be showcased? Or perhaps you are aware of establishments that demonstrate good practice? We would encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and networks and submit relevant proposals for consideration.

The theme for SLF 2017 is Promoting excellence and equity for Scotland’s children through:

  • empowering teachers, practitioners, parents, schools and communities;
  • strengthening partnerships, collaboration and networks to improve outcomes for children and young people;
  • building the professional capacity of teachers, practitioners and leaders;
  • fair and learner-centred funding; and
  • responsibility and accountability at all levels.

If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration please do so before midday on Monday 20 February. Proposals received after this date will not be considered for inclusion in the conference programme.

The 2017 conference programme and registration will be launched in May and will feature the sessions that have been submitted and selected for inclusion.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and hope you will contribute to SLF 2017 to help continue to deliver Scotland’s largest annual national education event. If you would like any further information about SLF 2017 please contact the SLF team.

Food and drink action plan targets higher level skills⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

An action plan aimed at helping Scotland’s food and drink employers attract a new generation of skilled professionals has been launched by the industry.

The Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Food and Drink Sector features a series of measures aimed at helping businesses find fresh talent, develop leadership and management skills, and boost growth through innovation and efficiency.

It aims to build on progress since the publication of the first Skills Investment Plan for the sector in 2012, with the new plan again facilitated by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with industry.

The sector is forecast to need 27,000 entrants over the next 10 years, with an increasing emphasis on higher-skilled and professional positions.

To mark the launch of the plan, seafood producer Dawnfresh this morning welcomed Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to their plant in Uddingston, where he met with some of the firm’s Modern Apprentices and graduate trainees.

He said: “Scotland has a burgeoning reputation for quality food and drink and the sector is recognised as a key growth area for our economy.

“However, we are aware of the challenges posed by the current economic uncertainty, particularly in the wake of the Brexit vote. It is vital that the Scottish Government, together with industry and stakeholders, are aligned in order to meet these challenges, one of which is continuing access to the skills and talent required to deliver projected growth.

“I welcome the launch of this Skills and Investment Plan for the Food and Drink industry, which will increase access to training and development opportunities and support innovation across the sector.”

Scotland’s food and drink sector has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, with 17,500 firms employing nearly 120,000 people, generating annual sales of £14.4billion.

Dawnfresh has a proud track record in developing its own talent.

The firm, which employs more than 600 people, has taken on nearly 300 Modern Apprentices since 2012 and has its own academy which focuses on management and leadership skills, including graduate and internship programmes, as well as apprenticeships.

Chairman Alastair Salvesen CBE said: “Dawnfresh has a long-term commitment towards developing the skills of our employees and encouraging lifelong learning.

“This has clear benefits for Dawnfresh as it creates a team of skilled, loyal and empowered people who can drive growth and innovation.

“This is a major factor in the future of Dawnfresh and we are pleased to see these values reflected in the new Skills Investment Plan.”

More than 5000 people have started Modern Apprenticeships in frameworks related to the food and drink sector since 2012 – an increase of 60 per cent.

There are now 250 Food & Drink Ambassadors engaging with schools and attending careers events to promote the industry and the diverse range of jobs available, and new Modern Apprenticeship frameworks have been introduced in Food Manufacturing Excellence and Aquaculture Technical.

Neville Prentice, Senior Director of Service Development and Delivery at SDS said: “There is a growing demand within Scotland’s food and drink sector for the higher level skills that will allow employers to boost productivity, improve efficiency and make use of new technologies.

“Workforce development is central to fulfilling this demand, and also to help employers deal with the uncertainties arising from factors such as Brexit.

“The new Skills Investment Plan offers a framework through which we can invest in the future of the sector and help businesses of all sizes grasp opportunities for growth in an increasingly global and competitive marketplace.”

The plan was also welcomed by James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink.

He said: “The creation of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership has brought a renewed focus to the skills agenda, one of the fundamental building blocks of our strategy.

“Our partners in the public sector and private sector are crystal clear that we need to increase our investment in – and, crucially, our commitment to – skills development.

“The priorities of the Skills Investment Plan reflect the issues faced by employers across the sector and offer a framework for action that could deliver real and lasting benefits to the industry.”

The Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Food and Drink Sector is available to download at www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/media/40095/3093-sds-food-and-drink-sip-digital-v3-11.pdf

SDS Programme: My World of Work Live⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Louise Chisholm is Programme Manager of Skills Development 11117-sds-lego-045 Scotland’s My World of Work Live! She talks about its success so far in inspiring young people and teachers when it comes to STEM careers, and some of the exciting partnerships it involves.

Scotland has a world-leading reputation in a range of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries including life sciences, chemical sciences, games technology, astrophysics and cosmology.

But 45% of employers currently face difficulties recruiting STEM-skilled staff and 59% expect difficulty in the next three years. Women, ethnic minority groups and those with additional support needs are all under-represented in STEM related roles.

We need to prepare our young people as the STEM leaders of tomorrow and ensure Scotland’s STEM industries continue to deliver economic prosperity with opportunities for all to flourish.sds_myworldofworklive_43

My World of Work Live! is one of the ways Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is helping to do just that.

What we do

 My World of Work Live! is a set of interactive exhibits and activities designed to inspire young people’s interest in STEM careers.

Every free, fun My World of Work Live! experience is about hands-on learning – building, making, designing – and makes the best use of the latest technology to engage and inspire.

Our team brings STEM out of the classroom and into real life and helps young people, parents, carers and teachers understand the breadth of opportunity STEM careers offer and the variety of pathways into STEM industries.

The programme’s in locations where young people experience the world of STEM such as science centres and other venues. Current locations are Glasgow Science Centre, National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Digital Studio and Careers Lab at the SDS Careers Centre in Inverness and Mareel Arts Centre in Lerwick.

Our core audience is young people aged between 10 and 15, especially those who may be making subject choices.

Young people develop their career management skills and will make links between the world of work and what they’re learning in the classroom. That learning can continue after their visit as teachers can access a wealth of accompanying learning resources on our award-winning career information and advice web service My World of Work.

Industry partners

All of those working on My World of Work Live! have a passion for industry, education and learning.

We work with partners who share our goals and our delivery approach provides ways of engaging with young people that they are familiar with.

We have already developed a Minecraft Careers World in partnership with education consultancy Immersive Minds, and this month announced our status as the first LEGO® Education Innovation studio in Scotland.

We’ve teamed up with CITB, Heriot-Watt University and Animmersion on virtual reality careers activities and are working on exciting activities with Clyde Space and global thought leader the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

 

Positive feedback

Our feedback from young people has been fantastic, with 97% of pupils we spoke to between April and September 2016 sayinig they are more likely to think about studying science subjects or technology at school, with 94% more likely to look for more information about jobs and careers in science and technology.

Understanding and supporting parents, carers and teachers as key influencers of young people who’re making decisions about their future is an integral part of our programme.

We offer CPD for teachers, many of whom have reported to us that My World of Work Live! helped their  understanding of STEM jobs and what they involve, and 100% telling us My World of Work Live! is likely to increase pupils’ enthusiasm for STEM related lessons.

After one of our sessions for parents and carers one happy parent commented: ‘It makes these careers more accessible at an earlier age, it’s a fab thing.’

This month we held our first events aimed specifically at parents and carers at our My World of Work Live! venues in Inverness and Shetland. The workshops were delivered in partnership with SSE to allow an insight into the breadth of careers on offer in the energy sector in the North of Scotland, and how apprenticeships have a vital part to play.

This work supports that of our dedicated Careers Advisers in schools, centres and community venues across Scotland.

To find out more about My World of Work Live! and to access booking details for your school group check out myworldofwork.co.uk/live

SDS: Help with subject choices⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The subjects your child chooses at school can have an impact on sds-in-school-infographics-aw2what they can study at college or university and what jobs they can go for in the future.

Skills Development Scotland careers advisers are available in schools for one-to-one sessions with pupils making early subject choices.

Building career management skills, these sessions aim to prepare young people to make confident, informed subject choices.

The careers adviser will support the young person to explore the impact of choices, understand what or who is influencing them and discuss the support offered by My World of Work’s subject choices tool.

Parents and teachers can get involved in this discussion or at another time.

My World of Work is packed with tools, information and resources to help young people with answering key questions and putting together a shortlist of subjects they can discuss with their parents, carers, teachers and careers adviser.

There’s also information for parents and carers on supporting their child at subject choice time.

Find out more about SDS careers services in schools

Go to myworldofwork.co.uk

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships allow young people to get a head start in their career by knowledge and skills that are applied in the workplace – all before they’ve left school.

Sitting a Foundation Apprenticeship takes two years, usually starting in fifth year and is studied alongside National 5s and Highers. The difference is spending time out of school at college and with a top employer, so pupils get real, hands-on experience of the world of work.

It’s a chance to gain an industry-recognised qualifications (set at SQCF level 6) that opens up options for young people when they leave school.

Foundation Apprenticeships in ten subjects – including software development, healthcare, financial services and engineering – are available to pupils going into S5.

Find out more

SDS: Help with subject choices⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The subjects your child chooses at school can have an impact on sds-in-school-infographics-aw2what they can study at college or university and what jobs they can go for in the future.

Skills Development Scotland careers advisers are available in schools for one-to-one sessions with pupils making early subject choices.

Building career management skills, these sessions aim to prepare young people to make confident, informed subject choices.

The careers adviser will support the young person to explore the impact of choices, understand what or who is influencing them and discuss the support offered by My World of Work’s subject choices tool.

Parents and teachers can get involved in this discussion or at another time.

My World of Work is packed with tools, information and resources to help young people with answering key questions and putting together a shortlist of subjects they can discuss with their parents, carers, teachers and careers adviser.

There’s also information for parents and carers on supporting their child at subject choice time.

Find out more about SDS careers services in schools

Go to myworldofwork.co.uk

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships allow young people to get a head start in their career by knowledge and skills that are applied in the workplace – all before they’ve left school.

Sitting a Foundation Apprenticeship takes two years, usually starting in fifth year and is studied alongside National 5s and Highers. The difference is spending time out of school at college and with a top employer, so pupils get real, hands-on experience of the world of work.

It’s a chance to gain an industry-recognised qualifications (set at SQCF level 6) that opens up options for young people when they leave school.

Foundation Apprenticeships in ten subjects – including software development, healthcare, financial services and engineering – are available to pupils going into S5.

Find out more

SCQF School Ambassador Programme⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

In 2015/16 the SCQF Partnership launched its School Ambassador programme with the aim of identifying and confirming SCQF Ambassadors in schools to raise awareness and understanding of the SCQF as well as promoting its use among learners, school staff and parents. A successful programme ensures the impact of the Framework is maximised, that it is perceived as a vital tool for progression and that the benefits of the Framework are being communicated to learners across all schools.

Six schools were initially approached, all of whom were extremely keen to take part. After training and as part of the package to schools, both plaques and badges were awarded to:

Margaret Ford Monifieth High School, Dundee
Laura McQueen Prestwick Academy, South Ayrshire
John MacPherson Oban High School, Argyll
Raymond Perry Braeview Academy, Dundee
Jane Cleghorn St. Mungo’s Academy, Falkirk
Sharon Watson St. Andrews Secondary School, Carntyne, Glasgow

In the latest phase of the programme the SCQF Partnership has developed a Memorandum of Understanding which makes it clear what is expected of participating schools and what support they will receive.

In summary the Partnership will:

  • Deliver an initial training session for participants;
  • Present trained ambassadors with an “SCQF School Ambassador” Certificate, Ambassadors badge and an Ambassadors Resource Pack containing exemplars of materials required to deliver on-site sessions;
  • Support Ambassadors by providing all the necessary resources to deliver training sessions in schools including lesson plans, case studies, presentations and associated materials;
  • Provide opportunities for schools to participate in real life SCQF projects;
  • Provide opportunities for staff and pupils of the school to be involved in events which showcase the different ways in which the SCQF can be used;
  • Provide opportunities to engage in SCQF related competitions; and
  • Provide opportunities for pupil work experience within the SCQFP office in Glasgow.

 

Schools signing up for the programme will:

  • Undertake the initial training at the SCQFP office in Glasgow or an appropriate regional venue;
  • Cascade this training to other staff members and appropriate school pupils;
  • Ensure SCQF is highlighted on the school’s website and has a prominent place at Parents’ Evenings/events;
  • Engage with SCQFP via social media;
  • Ensure SCQF leaflets/newsletters/promotional materials are endorsed at school events;
  • Utilise SCQFfold, the SCQF online toolkit;
  • Promote short training sessions on the SCQF delivered by staff for parents; and
  • Promote short training sessions on the SCQF delivered by senior phase pupils for younger pupils and for parents.

 

Benefits for participating schools include:

  • A ceremony at school to award a plaque. This can raise awareness and act as a good promotional activity for the school;
  • A heightened profile for the school and acknowledgement of sharing good practice;
  • Opportunities for staff development through training for nominated Ambassadors;
  • A set of dedicated resources to allow ambassadors to deliver in-house events;
  • The opportunity to participate in real life projects such as developing web pages and toolkits for the SCQF website, designing promotional materials and taking part in school competitions which will further promote the Framework;
  • A better awareness of how to use the SCQF for pupils to plan their learning journey and make decisions about future learning;
  • An increase in confidence and self-esteem for pupils involved in the programme.

Schools have shown great interest in the programme and we are currently planning training events with Bearsden Academy, Greenwood Academy, Greenfaulds High School, St Joseph’s College and Cardinal Newman High School. We are keen to explore opportunities across Scotland.

Sign up for our SCQF Ambassador training workshop taking place in our Glasgow office on Tuesday 7th March 10.00 – 12.00. If you are interested in finding out more about the programme please contact:

Brian Keegan at b.keegan@scqf.org.uk or phone 0141 225 2926