In response to the new Work Placements Standard, Ellon Academy has introduce their ‘Work-related Learning’ model in collaboration with local business and employers offered as an option choice for all pupils in the senior phase. Leaners are given the opportunity to participate in internship-style work placements one day a week from August to Easter and are able to select from a wide range of sectors including journalism, education, hospitality, performing arts, event management child care. Supplementary lessons in school allow participants to reflect on their learning experience, enhance newly developed skills and at the same time gain a National Progression Award in Enterprise and Employability at level 4 or 5.
Access the summary information sheet to find out more about this innovative approach:
Laura Spence , HT at Dalgety Bay Primary School has adopted a unique approach to ensure that career education is an integral part of the school improvement planning. Embracing the Career Education Standard 3-18 all staff have used Learning Resource 1: Introduction to the Career Education Standard in order to embed the entitlements into the learning and teaching across the school.
This approach has become a cluster model and has been recognised by and share across Fife Council .
The school’s vision of realising their ambitions to provide all children with opportunities to connect leanring with the world of work include the following actions :
Teachers will provide creative opportunities to develop the skills for life in meaningful and relevant contexts within their class.
All teacher will deliver 4D learning intentions, consistently linking each lesson to career education.
Our weekly assemblies will regularly include information on specific careers, making children aware of the range of employment opportunities on offer.
Children from P5 onwards will have access to the ‘My World of Work’ website where they will have the opportunity to explore different career options focusing on skills and qualifications.
Classroom displays and planning will include links to Career Education throughout the school.
We will continue to engage with local business partners and beyond to develop contacts and create a database of professionals prepared to support the school in developing Career Education within school.
We will be planning and organising a Career Education Day that will take place on 22nd November 2016.
Find out more about Dalgety Bay Primary Schools approach by accessing the summary information and school DYW leaflet here:
Developing learners’ skills is high on the agenda at Larbert High School. The leadership team have adopted a systematic approach to enhancing young peoples’ skills for life and work and implemented a holistic ‘Skills Framework’ across all aspects of the curriculum. The school uses the DYW context to offer learners a wide variety of experience and pathways in order to ensure all young people are developing the necessary skills and aptitudes for a positive vision about the futures. Collaboration with both the wider community and employers is elementary to the successful realisation of this goal.
The ‘Skills Framework at Larbert High School complements this agenda and ensures that all young peoples know, understand and are able to articulate their skill sets and are able to relate these to their career aspirations. The following document outlines the Skills Framework:
FUTURE AS5ET – A one day free conference for S5 schoolgirls, open to all secondary schools in Scotland.
22 September 2017, Edinburgh International Conference Centre
The organisers, financial education charity Didasko and various investment management firms coordinated by Stewart Investors, are especially keen to encourage attendance of schools from outside Edinburgh,. They are offering generous financial contributions towards travel for schools based outside of Midlothian area, and accommodation for those located more than 100 miles away.
The conference programme offers a wide range of seminars and key note presentation from inspirational speakers all around career opportunities in the financial sector.
This year’s Scottish Learning Festival continuous to offers a wide variety of DYW related seminars covering key issues such as curriculum pathways for all, senior phase options, work-based learning in primary school, CLD, school/employer partnerships, etc . Seminars will have direct inputs from practitioners, showcasing the practical implementation of DYW across all levels.
Outline of DYW related seminars:
Wednesday, 20 Sept:
Keynote: “Everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you.”
Josh Littlejohn, Social Entrepreneur and co-founder of Social Bite
DYW – building careers education in a primary setting
Ruth McFarlane, Maisondieu Primary School, Angus
Ayrshire works: senior phase partnership working in hospitality and engineering
Carol Jenkins, Ayrshire College
Strengthening a community through enhancing skills for learning, life and work
Mary Hume, St Mary’s Primary School, North Ayrshire
Boisdale 2, 14.00
DYW – A CLD approach to the Work Placement Standards
Elisha Fisher, Employment and Skills Partnership Team, Glasgow City Council
Talking tomorrows: how do we develop the young workforce?
Peter Kelly, Holy Cross High School, South Lanarkshire
Boisdale 2, 15.15
The enterprising practitioner
Heather Hughes, Scotland’s Enterprising Schools
Thursday 21 Sept.:
Raising aspiration through WOW (World of Work)
Cheryl Kelly, Barmulloch Primary School, Glasgow
An inclusive curriculum for all!
Gib McMillan, Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh
The programme for EIFF Youth Hub 2017 is now live!
Now in its fourth year, EIFF Youth Hub returns for four days packedwith free practical filmmaking workshops, masterclasses and events for 15-25 year-olds. Whether you want to gain insights into animation or screenwriting, learn from experienced filmmakers about acting, cinematography or short filmmaking, or if you just want to network and step into a career in film – Youth Hub has something for everyone from 23 to 26 of June.
Events at Youth Hub are free with a Youth Hub Pass which costs £5 and gives access to all Youth Hub events as well as £5 discounted tickets to most EIFF films.
A Foot in the Door: First Steps in Film & TV Drama
Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 5pm – 7pm | Education Space | Limited to 30 spaces.
Outlining how being a great runner can be the key to a successful start to your career.
BAFTA award winning Scottish producer Linda Fraser (Hit the Ground Running) will share an overview of the industry in Scotland, what a runner does and how to be awesome at it. Packed with practical insider info and tips for how to get started, this is a session not to be missed!
Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 10.15am – 1.30pm |Main Hall | Limited to 50 spaces.
Want to get your foot in the door and break into the film/TV industry? Join us for our hugely popular careers advice session with Creative Skillset and training scheme Hit the Ground Running as we help you plan your next big step towards a career in the industry. This session includes:
10.15am – 11am: Panel discussion 11.10 am – 12.15pm: Networking surgery with filmmakers and experts from the creative industries. 12.15pm – 1.30pm: A light networking lunch with industry guests, EIFF filmmakers and delegates.
COSLA is hosting a national Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce (DYW) Event on Wednesday 21 June at the COSLA Conference Centre, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh.
The purpose of the event will be to provide a strategic update on the progress of the DYW Programme as well as to share and promote best practice relating to DYW. The event will also seek feedback to inform COSLA’s position on DYW going forward, given Local Government’s central role in leading the programme.
The event will involve a presentation from Elma Murray, SOLACE as well as speakers from a diverse group of local authorities from across the country. A number of examples of practice relating to DYW implementation will be shared followed by discussions on how DYW is progressing, challenges to DYW and how they can be addressed.
The event will start at 9.45am and finish at 12.30pm with lunch provided afterwards. An agenda will be issued early next week.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and partners will publish an extensive list of over 40 apprenticeships which will see posts created from the Butt to Barra, across a wide range of sectors and departments including:
Gaelic language assistants
Health and Social Care
Sustainable Resource Management
Sport and health
The Comhairle will be hosting community meetings throughout the Western Isles to provide full information on the above apprentices. Dates have yet to be confirmed but these meetings will take place the week commencing Monday 5th June 2017 and further details will be publicised closer to the time.
Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children’s Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people from the Butt to Barra to earn whilst they learn, and very importantly – to do so in their own areas. This ties in very well indeed to the Comhairle’s aims to reverse depopulation, provide our people with the opportunity to remain in their communities, whilst also contributing to the economy. I would encourage those who speak Gaelic and also those who have a particular interest in land management and crofting to keep express their interest in these apprenticeships. I would reiterate once again that the apprenticeships are open to anyone, not just young people, and anyone who feels that they may be interested should register at www.myjobscotland.gov.uk and setup an alert for the job category “Modern Apprenticeships/Trainee” where they will receive notifications by e-mail as soon as the Comhairle’s Apprenticeships posts go live.
“The Comhairle is committed to workforce planning and having a sustainable platform for the future, to help our communities and our islands to flourish and we will continue to work hard to ensure that we achieve these aims.”
Education Scotland has undertaken a national review on the implementation of the Career Education Standard (3-18) since its release in September 2015. The review also incorporated reflections on the Work Placements Standard and School/Employer Partnership Guidance.
The standards and the guidance were published with the understanding that Education Scotland would evaluate the impact the documents were having, in light of experience and use. In response a team from Education Scotland visited 29 secondary schools between December 2016 and March 2017. The evidence from nine secondary school inspections and 30 Career Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) reviews also recorded evidence about the implementation of the standards in secondary schools. An online survey was established to maximise the participation of as many people and organisations as possible for the review. In addition, a bespoke survey for employers, delivered on behalf of Education Scotland by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), attracted further responses. Questions on the review of the standards and guidance were also included in the annual Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Headteachers survey.
In summary, the purpose of the review was to ascertain answers to the following questions:
To what extent have the standards and guidance been implemented and has the pace of implementation been sufficient in order to direct the next stage of activity and focus? There was a particular focus on the CES and how it was being implemented in secondary schools, alongside the expansion of the SDS service offer.
Are the standards and guidance ambitious enough to deliver the aspirations of the DYW strategy?
Frank Devine, SDS Careers Adviser at Uddingston Grammar School, tells us more about a recent event supporting teachers to encourage young people to consider STEM careers. ‘We understand the influential role teachers play in young people’s careers choices.
Part of our role as Scotland’s national careers service is to ensure we work closely with, and support teachers to, offer the support young people need to make informed career decisions. That was the main driver behind our recent Career Gap event. Working with South Lanarkshire Council’s Developing the Young Workforce co-ordinator as well as a group of local teachers, our aim was to give teachers across the area help to support pupils to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
More than 50 attended, from 18 local area secondary schools.
By tapping in to the wealth of expertise and knowledge on offer across SDS, we were able to offer a full day programme looking at the subject from a variety of angles – equalities, career management skills and employer need.
Our National Training Programmes team supported the day to raise awareness of the ways unconscious bias could be stopping some pupils, especially young women, progressing in STEM.
They brought in Improving Gender Balance Scotland project officer Charlotte Govan to give some cold hard numbers on subject uptake, and the impact that has further down on employment, as well as practical ways of combatting unconscious bias.
Our employer team helped to put us in touch with employers and apprentices to tell teachers their stories, offer ideas on support that could be helpful to pupils now, and talk about what it’s really like to work in STEM industries. BT, BAE and Scotland Energy and Utility Skills all attended on the day.
My colleague Donna Robertson and I were able to give more information on career management skills, career long professional learning modules we offer, the support resources available to teachers via My World of Work and more detail on SDS careers services in schools.
All the teachers who attended took away packs with more information on the support SDS offers, and we’ll be creating further lesson plans and resources to share with all the teachers who attended.
This wasn’t just a chance at CPD for teachers, but offered us the chance to develop the skills of young people from the area too. Recent graduate Stephen Benedetti lent his sound engineer skills for the podium and round table mics, and sixth year Uddingston pupil Adam McKibben snapped pictures for us on the day which were used on the SDS website and social media.
Partnership working was key to the success of the event, as it is to all the work SDS is involved in.
Donna and I are really proud of the strength of the partnerships we have here in South Lanarkshire. We work closely with all members of the school staff, including subject teachers, pastoral care teachers and the senior management team, the local authority and with partner organisations working within education and with our customers across the area.
It’s those strong partnerships that allow us to stage not just major one-off events like this, but to ensure day-to-day we are offering the best service we can to our customers.
If you want to find out more about the support SDS can offer teachers, speak to your school careers adviser for latest information and events and find out about support resources we offer at My World of Work here.
You can also access CLPL modules on the Career Education Standard, labour market information, career management skills and My World of Work at this page.