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.
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.”
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.
Material World is a resource that has been developed for secondary schools, designed to use textiles as a medium for delivering learning outcomes related to the STEM, Circular Economy & Sustainability and Developing the Young Workforce agendas. The resource uses case studies of Scottish textile, leather and fashion companies to provide young people with a deeper understanding of the processes used, and products made in Scotland today. Themed activities are linked to the case studies to deepen their learning and skills analysis sheets link the learning through activities, to jobs in the sector.
The whole school approach to DYW offers learners at Sanderson High School in South Lanarkshire a wide variety of career related and work-based learning opportunities that aims to inspire the exploration of future pathways. The learning experiences within and beyond the curriculum not only provide learners with a significantly enhanced skills portfolio, tracked and referenced through profiling, but also ensure meaningful connections with the world of work and accreditation in the senior phase. As part of this approach the school created the subject ‘Education for Work’ which now forms part of the core curriculum at all levels.
The school has also developed a Position Statement which states that “all young people will learn about the world of work; and where appropriate all young people will participate in suitable work experience; and all young people will have a clearly defined and individualised pathway from S1-S6, resulting in sustainable, meaningful post-school destinations.”
Staff use the entitlements from Career Education Standard 3-18 (CES) to ensure these aims are put into practice and audit the skills the young people are developing. For example, staff in each subject area match their curriculum and teaching and learning approaches to the relevant entitlements from the CES and the appropriate skills . The school has a good range of work placements for young people in the senior phase, which provides them with an excellent experience of the world of work and which links well to the curriculum.
There is also a close partnership with Calderglen High School on the implementation of DYW with learners taking up volunteering opportunities at Sanderson HS. Video clip: Volunteering at Sanderson HS
Pupils from Ellon Academy took part in the launch a school employer partnership initiative designed to help prepare young people for the world of work.
As part of Aberdeenshire Council’s internal Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Strategy, the local authority has partnered with Ellon Academy in a first for the area.
Through the partnership, the Council intends to provide support to the academy in several ways. These include continuing to attend careers events, assisting curriculum delivery by giving specialist talks and providing employability skills training and internships to young people.
Ellon Academy Deputy Head Teacher, Kim Hall, said: “The key aim of this partnership is to support young people in Ellon Academy to gain the skills for learning, life and work they require for post school education and employment destinations. We are delighted to have Aberdeenshire Council as our committed, ‘Flagship’ business partner to work with us jointly to achieve this aim.”
Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Human Resources, Laura Simpson, said: “As a large employer, we are well positioned to help give young people inspiration, knowledge and skills as they transition through school and into employment.
“We offer a huge diversity of jobs and careers, and this partnership presents a great opportunity to promote Aberdeenshire Council to young people in the local area.
The Council’s Director of Business Services, Ritchie Johnson, said: “The Council is working on attracting more young people to work for it, placing itself as an employer of choice in the north-east, and this partnership is a significant milestone in that process.”
Its focus is Creativity, Enterprise and Employability so we hope you will find this guide particularly useful in your work. It is has been produced by the NPFS in partnership with Skills Development Scotland with input from a range of other partners, including NCLN representatives and Young Enterprise Scotland.
It recognises the significant and increasing link between future employability and well developed creativity skills in young people. In their 2016 report ‘The Future of Jobs’, the World Economic Forum highlighted anticipated changes in employability skills and suggested that by 2020 over one third of the skills considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. Notably, creativity will have become one of the top three skills needed to deal with the avalanche of new products, new technologies and new ways of working. https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-future-of-jobs . As you know, the focus on creativity and employability is also reflected in Quality Indicator 3.3 in the latest (2016) version of the school self-evaluation and improvement guide How Good is our School?