In this episode, we carry out Scottish education’s PRD to analyse: what’s going well? What has been challenging? What are the next steps? And what support is needed in order to get there? We also have our usual features of #InTheNews #WeRecommend and #InspiredBy. We have been inspired by #PortyLF and @SirJJones #MagicWeavingBusiness and we recommend @Mattforde and @ThePoliticalParty podcast.
In this episode of EduBlether, we focus on getting your next teaching post. @edublether provide you with top ten tips in getting your next teaching post. We also have the usual features: in the news, we recommend and inspired by. Please check out edublether.wordpress.com and rate us on iTunes.
These short film clip showcases the wide variety of career opportunities in the Borders and highlights the employment opportunities and associated skills development within the tourism industry.
The clip provides an ideal starting point for learner discussions on local labour market information, the development of employability skills and relevant qualifications alongside work-based learning.
St Andrew’s RC Secondary School in Glasgow has adopted an innovative approach to their senior phase curriculum design which includes an employability stand alongside a two year Higher and traditional pathway model from S4 to S6.
The following document and presentation sets out the importance of this particular design feature, the challenges the school faced and the lessons they are learning from the ongoing evaluations of their curriculum design. Evidence about success of the design focuses on improved outcomes for young people.
Also noteworthy is the radical curriculum design at Craigroyston Community High School which unapologetically focuses on learner destination only. More on this here, as well as in this presentation at the SFL 2017: Craigroyston CHS. There are also tangible links with the Scottish Attainment Challenge and PEF documented here.
Connecting young people with careers, jobs, skills and apprenticeship opportunities, Skills Scotland is aimed at students aged S4 and above.
In each region schools, colleges, youth and community groups are
invited to attend with free entry for students and teachers with
access to a travel bursary fund. All events are also open to parents
and carers with a dedicated evening opening session in Glasgow.
Skills Scotland offers an immediate way for industry to influence and
educate the next generation of talent, supporting recommendations
from the Wood report and offering solutions to issues such as youth
unemployment and the growing industry skills gaps.
Across the series over 170 educational establishments will meet with
in excess of 120 exhibitors to learn about recruitment, learning and
training opportunities. Each show is a one stop shop for young
people to discover what’s next and meet with a variety of exhibitors
face to face including regional and national employers, colleges and
universities plus training providers and other career or sector specific organisations.
Access the events flyer here: SScot17ExhibitorBrochureDIGITAL
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:
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Community Development
- Child Care
- Education Attainment
- Gaelic language assistants
- Health and Social Care
- Human Resource
- Outdoor/Indoor Education
- Roads maintenance
- Sustainable Resource Management
- Sport and health
- Motor Mechanics
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.”
‘A Future in Food’, the Scottish Food and Drink Federation’s (SFDF) education programme offers learners (and teachers) a wide variety of exciting work-based learning opportunities to better understanding the breath and depth of jobs available in this £16.5bn sector that employs over 34000 people.
‘A Future for Food’ provides schools with curriculum based learning opportunities, particularly around STEM subjects, connected the local (and national) food manufacturing companies highlighting career opportunities and the routes to access them. A wide variety of ‘case studies’ as well as videos showcasing careers in this sector are available on their website.
The following interesting practice outlines the collaboration between Bathgate Academy and Young’s Seafood Manufacturer to explore job opportunities on offer in this sector and engage in a real-life challenge developing a new product: interesting-practice-in-skills-dyw-bathgate-acad
This latest blog from Anthony Mann focuses on the European dimension of the link between education and employability. It identifies employer engagement in education as a key issues in tackling the skills gap.
Government priority objectives across European countries include:
- Tackling skills shortage/skills mismatch
- Improving youth skills relevant to dynamic labour market demand
- Harnessing community resources to improve attainment
- Putting coherent pathways in place for young people moving through educational and training provision
- Addressing inequalities in outcomes, promoting social mobility and challenging gender stereotyping.
For more information on this include OECD reports see visit the Education & Skills Today blog.
Also relevant in this context is Mann’s report key_issues_in_employer_engagement_in_education_anthony_mann‘ which specifically relates to the Scottish context. .
Here are the winners and finalists for this years Scottish Education Awards in the category ‘Enterprise and Employability across Learning’:
Early Years and Primary
- Winner: Ferguslie Pre-Five Centre
- Finalists: Bonhill Primary School and Cargenbridge Primary School
- Winner: Braeview Academy
- Finalists: Ellon Academy and Linwood High School
Here is a brief description of the schools’ achievements:
Ferguslie Pre-Five Centre, Renfrewshire
One example of the ways in which Ferguslie Pre- five Centre in Paisley has taught enterprise to its children is through creative play. The centre’s pupils were asked to build a “dog house” using large blocks. They researched the design of the dog house using iPads but couldn’t find a way to get the triangular roof to stay up. The children asked the local high school pupils if they could help them out with their design problem. They used Google Earth to plot their route to the high school and then one of the children led their peers and staff to the high school using their map. The high school built the roof for the children, who voted on which colour it should be painted. They continue to use the dog house in their creative play. Other inspirational initiatives include a community café co-run by the children for the wider community, managing a community plot project, growing and selling food, running their own newspaper, making and selling craft items in the café etc. .
Bonhill Primary School, West Dunbartonshire
Bonhill Primary School in West Dunbartonshire has been awarded three Social Enterprise Awards. One was given for its Bonhill Buds project, which sells home-grown produce to the community; one for its Malawi Rice Challenge, through which rice is sold to help farmers in Malawi and develop the school’s Fairtrade philosophy; and one for 2nd Time Around, the school’s recycled uniform shop, which supports families within its community and generates revenue to fund a weekly dance class and parent café. The school plans to apply for a fourth award for its Hens Project, through which it sells eggs to support the local community. The school’s enterprise company has also developed its own tartan.
Cargenbridge Primary School, Dumfries and Galloway
To teach pupils about enterprise, Cargenbridge Primary School near Dumfries has teamed up with DuPont Teijin Films, a manufacturer of polyester film that employs around 230 people at its site in Dumfries. Over the past four years, the factory has worked with the school to celebrate World Quality Day. Each class is set a challenge to produce quality work by using creativity and problem solving such as creating an outfit from recycled material, including polyester film. This year’s focus was on food and health and included staff from DuPont Teijin working with pupils to teach them about the “plan, do, review” strategy, which is a transferable skill that can be applied across the curriculum
Braeview Academy, Dundee
At Braeview Academy in Dundee, developing skills for employment is embedded into the curriculum. Careers education includes each department delivering presentations on the pathways available through their subject, while local business people visit the school to talk about their areas of work. Braeview is also an early demonstrator school for Skills Development Scotland’s enhanced offer. The school has links with Dundee & Angus College which delivers cosmetology lessons in the school’s hairdressing salon, employability skills for S4 and S5, mechanics lessons and construction and motor vehicle maintenance lessons for S3 pupils identified as requiring additional support and motivation.
Ellon Academy, Aberdeenshire
Ellon Academy in Aberdeenshire took part in the compilation of the Wood Report and was recognised by one of its authors, Alison MacLachlan, for being “excellent in improving outcomes for pupils in relation to enterprise and employability skills”. Every pupil undertakes annual enterprise and employability-focused enrichment programmes, which are delivered by mixed-faculty teams and partner employers. S6 pupils complete a Be All You Can Be day with the RAF, inspirational speakers and other partners while S5 classes engage in a Business Challenge Day with 25 advisors from industry at the University of Aberdeen as students for the day, and all S4 pupils undertake work experience.
Lindwood High School, Renfrewshire
Renfrewshire’s Linwood High School introduced a “whole school employability programme” following an audit in 2013. The programme develops each pupils’ skills from S1 through to S6 and includes a focus on local careers and the chance to work with local business partners. Pupils develop skills such as communication and teamwork through inter-disciplinary learning projects, which include raising money for charities. These achievements are recorded in the My Merit system, which then feeds into each pupils’ application forms and CV during their senior years at school. Linwood also works with Skills Development Scotland and takes pupils on visits to the science centre at the West College Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland.
Find out more about all other Education Award winners and finalists here.
A new fund launching this month will support Scotland’s drive to attract more young people into digital careers by widening access to extracurricular and enrichment activities that bring technology to life.
The new Digital Xtra fund will be dedicated to ensuring that every child across the country has the opportunity to benefit from exciting and challenging digital activities such as after school coding clubs, competitions and innovative classroom programmes.
The £250,000 fund will be administered centrally by Skills Development Scotland and will accept applications from a wide range of organisations across Scotland such as education providers and schools, the voluntary sector and employers.
Applications open later this month and full criteria and documentation will be available online via the Public Contracts Scotland website.
Further information will be released soon.