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Pre-apprenticeships set Craigroyston pupils on the right career path⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

A unique partnership between an Edinburgh secondary school, and a number of local employers from across the city has received special recognition from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The Pre-Apprenticeship Programme delivered by staff at Craigroyston Community High School in the north of Edinburgh sees a number of the school’s senior pupils embark upon year-long structured work experience placements with local businesses. While on placements for two afternoons a week, the pupils continue to study for Highers, Nationals, and other awards at school, but combine this with working towards industry recognised vocational qualifications. And once they have successfully completed their placements, the pupils go on to a guaranteed full-time Modern Apprenticeship with their prospective employer. 

The scheme was first introduced in 2015, following a meeting between the school’s head teacher, Steve Ross, and Robert Allan, director of HR at Apex Hotels. In its first year, nine pupils went down the pre-apprenticeship route, taking up roles in the hospitality sector with Apex Hotels, Novotel, and IBIS, and with defence engineering firm, Leonardo. This year more employers, including Charlie Miller Hairdressing, and Robertson Construction have encouraged a fourfold increase in uptake, as 36 pupils began new placements.

The stay-on rate for senior pupils at Craigroyston has increased dramatically as a result of the scheme. The number of pupils now staying on from S4 to S5 has grown from 50% in 2014/15 to 90% in 2016/17, while the S6 intake has doubled over the same period.

 The scheme has been so successful it was highly commended at the SQA Star Awards, lifting a trophy for Promoting Inclusion.

Speaking about his ambitions for the pupils, Craigroyston head teacher Steve Ross, said: “I want to encourage every pupil in the school to stay on until the end of sixth year, so when they leave they do so with a portfolio of qualifications, experiences, skills, and a knowledge of the job market that will help them find a positive destination.”

Pre-Apprenticeship co-ordinator Elaine Gray, head of home economics at the school, worked closely with Danielle Ramsay, Group Recruitment Manager at Apex Hotels, to design the content of the programme. Elaine said that the success of the scheme is down to the close relationship fostered between the school, and the employers. The model they developed has since been rolled out to all the participating employers.

Elaine added: “The partnership between the school and the employer is really important. We have to set the right expectations for the pre-apprentices and help them understand what their employers expect from them. This might include helping them with things like time management, and attendance, but equally the employers must have realistic expectations of the pupils.  However, once we get them through the door, and we can see that relationship begin, we can see the pupils start to flourish as their confidence grows and they begin to realise what they are capable of.”

Danielle Ramsay said: “We work with the pupils to help them take the first steps in the work place, supporting them with their applications, and helping them with their interviews. The benefit in the long term for us as an employer is we get to invest in the pre-apprentices for a year and introduce them to the way we work. That means that when they start their Modern Apprenticeship, they are familiar with the company, our culture, and what we expect from them, meaning they are more likely to succeed.”

Speaking about the value of the pre-apprenticeship programme, Theresa McGowan, SQA regional manager for Edinburgh, said: “The approach the team at Craigroyston has taken was tailored specifically for the needs of their pupils, and their local community, but it is a model that could be replicated elsewhere. The positive relationships between the school and employers across the city are delivering real results for the pupils, and they are really benefitting from the opportunity to complete the additional work-experience and vocational qualifications.”

For more information about how SQA supports Modern Apprenticeships and other training opportunities, visit www.sqa.org.uk/appenticeships.

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.

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.

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: 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

‘Speakers for Schools’: Inspirational talks by UK’s leading figures⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

s4s-logoSpeakers for Schools is an independent education charity that provides young people in state secondary schools with access to key influential, eminent figures – free of charge. In 2012 they launched in Scotland but know there are still many schools not yet aware of their work that can help support them in their aims to better prepare their young people, inspire them in their ambitions and help young people develop skills and attributes they need to thrive in modern society.

The programme was founded by ITV Political Editor Robert Peston with the ambition of organising free talks from inspiring, brilliant industry leaders from all backgrounds in state schools across the UK, to level the playing field for all young people. Since launching the charity has attracted a network of over 1,000 speakers and organised over 3,279 free talks with schools and colleges across the UK.

These talks allow leading figures to give their time to share their insights and unique experiences with young people as someone at the top of their field, aiming to help broaden students’ horizons, make them feel confident about the possibilities for their future and motivate them to reach their maximum potential.

The talks help complement efforts of educators to raise attainment, aspirations and get learners thinking about the wider world, by engaging them in meaningful discussion.

As a charity Speakers in Schools believe their talks help by:

  • Seeing that all young people have the chance to experience a curriculum through which they learn about the worldof work, we can help you provide this by giving students access to insights, information and perspectives from top, influential figures to help them in preparing for their own future
  • Breaking down misconceptions about the opportunities available to students and/or bridging information gaps to encourage diverse thinking and change the way they think about their own ambitions.
  • Teachers being given support to facilitate young people’s learning and their ability to engage with a rapidly developing landscape of work/career and learning opportunities directly from industry leaders, and broadly increasing school links to more organisations, industries and networks.

 

Their services are free, and state secondary schools in Scotland are eligible to apply.

To find out more or to see if your school is already registered visit: http://www.speakers4schools.org/howitworks

National Digital Learning Week 2017: Connecting with the world of work⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

We’re delighted to announce that National Digital Learning Week 2017 (NDLW 17) will take place from 15-19 May 2017. This year the theme of the week will be ‘Digital Difference’ and throughout the week we’ll be asking you to share and celebrate the digital approaches which make a positive impact on classroom practice.

The week will be packed with inspiring case studies from Early Learning and Childcare through to Senior Phase and beyond showcasing how digital makes a difference throughout the entire learner journey equipping young people for work. There will be online events and activities giving everyone the opportunity to get involved whether you’re a digital leader or simply just starting out and looking for some digital inspiration.

On the run up to the week we’ll let you know more details about how you can get involved. Meantime, we would ask that you put the dates in your diary and start to think about what you might do as a class or whole school to celebrate National Digital Learning Week 2017.

Visit www.digilearn.scot for the latest

#DigitalDifference

DYW Interesting Practice – Woodfarm High School: A whole school approach to career education⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Woodfarm High School in East Renfrewshire has developed a holistic approach to career education for learners at all levels in order to equip them with the necessary skills to fully realise their aspirations in life.

Using the Career Education Standard (CES)  an audit had been undertaken to embed the entitlements for young people into the curriculum.  In partnership with employers and parents, learners are fully engaged in maximising  opportunities to enhance career education across all aspects of learning.   This includes initiatives such as a S6 Career Ambassadors programme, business breakfasts,  presentations to challenge career stereotypes, an S2 STEM project and a ‘Skills week’ across all subjects.

In reflection of the Work Placements Standard the school has developed a flexible, fully integrated model that provides work-based learning opportunities for learners  at various stages of their development.

Integral to the new approach at the school is the engagement of staff.  CLPL opportunities are on offer during inset days and collegiate time and a ‘Teaching and Learning Community’ has been established to collaborate with employers in order to coordinate and enhance work-based learning opportunities.

Woodfarm HS has also developed a ‘Employer Partnership’ database in connection with the local authority and East Renfrewshire’s Chamber of Commerce in order to enhance the quality and scope of experiences for learners around the world of work.  As a result young people have the opportunity to visit local business, engage in work shadowing and extended work placements, practice interview skills and CV writing and find out about careers, including Modern Apprenticeships, through career evenings, talks, 1-1 sessions and enterprise activities.

Read the ‘Interesting Practice summary sheet to find out more about the career education programme at Woodfarm: dyw-int-practice-summary-woodfram-hs

Watch the film clip about the S3 DYW day

DYW Interesting Practice: Dalziel High School – Skills development through STEM⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

dalziel-hs-stem-learnersDalziel High School has a well established, strategic career education programme from P7 transition to senior phase.  At the heart of this is a focus on STEM careers supported by a highly dynamic, award-winning school-employer partnership with the engineering company Amec Foster Wheeler.

Throughout there time at Dalziel High School all learners will have the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of STEM related learning initiatives from participating in  Science & Technology fayres, STEM challenges, Space School and  Science & Engineering competitions to undertaking a Foundation Apprenticeship.

The following brief outline describes the core activities, purpose and outcomes of the career education approaches taken at the school:

 

Additional materials:

  • Film clip:

Foundation Apprenticeship and scholarship opportunities in the senior phase – a learner perspective

  • Skills poster:

Access the dalziel-hs-skills-poster designed by the school to assist learners in  identifying their skills and  linking them to their profiles.

  • Scottish Learning Festival 2017 – presentation:

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