Tag Archives: School/Employer Partnerships

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.

Business Language Champions: Developing skills for the world of work⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Many schools across Scotland have developed relationships with business to highlight the relevancy of language skills in relation to the world of work .

The following case studies have been developed as part of the ‘Business Language Champions’ initiative  in collaboration with SCILT to suit both employers and schools.

  • Abbotsford House and Burgh Primary School (July abbotsford2016) – This partnership between a primary school and a local tourist attraction demonstrated to pupils the relevance of language skills in their local community, as well as providing an opportunity for learning across the curriculum.
  • Balmoral Hotel and Broughton High School (July 2016) – S3 learners worked with staff at the Balmoral Hotel to develop an internal information leaflet to support staff working with Chinese guests.
  • Harvey Nichols and Trinity High School (June 2016) – A visit to Harvey Nichols to meet with staff who use languages as part of their job convinced S3 pupils of the relevance of language skills in the workplace. Learners created phrase books in different languages to support the use of language in the department store.
  • Walkers Shortbread and Elgin Academy (June 2016) – S2 learners created ‘cue cards’ for Walkers International Sales Team to use on visits to China, introducing language and cultural information. Pupils also delivered a presentation on their cue cards to sales staff at Walkers Shortbread.
  • Outplay Entertainment and Woodmill High School (May 2016) – S3 pupils developed an advertising strategy to promote one of Outplay Entertainment’s games in either French of German, and learnt about the importance of languages in the gaming industry.
  • Johnstons of Elgin and Elgin Academy (May 2016) – This case study exemplifies Interdisciplinary Learning in S2 at Elgin Academy, in particular the effective combination of Chinese and business links as part of a skills based project in the broad general education
  • Jurys Inn and Lourdes Seconday School (May 2016) – S3 pupils learned about the value of languages in the hospitality industry.
  • Navy and Brechin High School (March 2015) – A visit from the Royal Navy and language workshops culminated in an interdisciplinary project in which S3 learners had to use their language skills in humanitarian crisis scenarios.
  • The Scottish Football Association and Kilwinning Academy (October 2014) – A great project for S3 learners which showed that languages are necessary in all walks of life.
  • Holland & Sherry and Priorsford Primary School (October 2014) – The whole school was involved in this project which raised learners’ awareness of what Holland & Sherry does in their local town while building learners’ language skills.
  • Loch Duart and Montrose Academy (June 2014) – An exciting programme for S3 learners with visits and workshops culminating in an interdisciplinary project which raised the bar for the pupils who benefited from seeing first-hand how languages and business work together.
  • Michelin and Grove Academy (February 2014) – This project gives the young people in S3 a real and engaging context for their learning of French.

Scotland’s Enterprising Schools – National Leadership Event⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Scot Enterprising SchoolsScotland’s Enterprising Schools, with the support of Education Scotland, will host a national event for strategic leaders in education to inspire enterprising attitudes, entrepreneurship and the development of skills for learning, life and work in learners.

This all-day event will be held on :

26th October 2016 at Princes Trust Wolfson Centre, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers from Scottish Government and Education Scotland as well as meeting business organisations who can help schools embed an enterprising culture. There will also be interactive workshops.  Access the SES Conference 2610 draft agenda here.

More information will follow shortly.


CBI’s latest survey reveals an increasing demand for a skilled workforce⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

CBI2016The latest CBI survey on education and skills (July 2016) revealed that businesses are predicting a rise in the demand for skilled workers in a rapidly changing labour market, with growing concerns of a skills shortage in the UK. In response employers are showing an increasing commitment to supporting the improvement of training and education with 4 out of 5 business now involved in school/college partnerships. Some of the key findings also highlight the importance of improving career education and work-based learning experiences for young people, then main propose and intention of the new Career Education and Work Placements Standards now available for all practitioners in Scotland.

For more information access the CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2016 here

‘Making Education your Business’ – a five step guide to school/employer partnerships⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

MEYB CBIThis new guide developed by teachers and businesses together with the Royal Society in response to its call for closer collaboration between education, industry and academia.  It aims to provide support school or college-employer partnerships mainly through the lens of STEM.  The guide sets out 5 simple steps for companies planning to engage with education or extend their educational partnerships along side a number of case studies that highlight key features of a successful, mutually beneficial educational scheme.

You can access the ‘Making education your business’ guide here.


‘DYW – interesting practice’ exemplars: First six now live!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Int Prac exemp KibbleThe first six ‘DYW interesting practice’ exemplars have now been published on Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub, taking account the increasing number of activities around the implementation of this agenda.  These exemplars aim to inspire thinking and discussion around a particular project or key issue as well as to provide people with contacts to collaborate as they progress on their journeys to enhance children and young peoples’ opportunities to develop skills for learning, life and work.

The following exemplars are available:

  • Skills Academy programme at St Matthew’s Academy (North IMG_0636Ayrshire): Young people gain vital employability and life skills through this unique initiative.
  • SCOTS programme at Forth Valley College: Helps  learners consider college courses as a progression route in the senior phase.
  • Kibble Education and Care Centre: Delivers a wide range of uniquely integrated services to equip disadvantaged young people with the skills and experience to pursue a fulfilling career and a brighter future
  • 2+3 pilot project in East Ayrshire: Re-engages young people in the senior phase to peruse industry-focused learning  pathways.
  • Developing Career Management Skills – Millburn Area School Group: An education/transition programme across the ASG in Inverness to enhance employability and literacy skills at the same time.
  • Clyde Gateway: Scotland’s most ambitious regeneration project, has joined up with education to transform the lives of young people in Glasgow’s East End.

The next exemplifications in the series will be released at the beginning of the new term in August.

Govan High’s unique school/employer partnership programme⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Gov HSPupils at Govan High School are given a unique opportunity to develop vital employability skills through a pre-apprenticeship training programme inspired by Peter Crawford, volunteer ‘Skills for Life’ development officer at Morris & Spottiswood.  Peter’s initiative to tackle the issue of youth unemployment led to the establishment  of a highly dynamic partnership programme with the local company providing expertise, equipment and hands on experience for young people considering an apprenticeship as a career pathway.

The successful programme now in its second year is expanding rapidly delivering a number of SVQ qualifications in painting and decorating as well as plumbing and joinery.  The company contributed to this expansion by providing plumbing workshops, Health & Safety training, and PPE for the students. In addition, their HR team assisted in the interview and selection process for the programme, all vital  transferable skills required to gain employment.

For more information see the latest report on this here.

Technical Theatre Symposium – 11 March, Stirling⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Tech Theatre Symp11 March, 10.15am to 5pm 

For the third year running the Scottish Drama Training Network will be bringing together the Technical Theatre sector in Scotland.  This is a key opportunity for people who work backstage to meet with practice-based drama teachers and theatre educators and to take part in discussions, keynote talks and networking. For full information about the day please visit the SDTN website. To register for the Symposium click here Places are limited so register as soon as possible. The day will include: Industry Interviews: this is a chance to hear from leading stage managers who graduated from two of our network institutions – Queen Margaret University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  They have been in the industry for 10 years and will talk about how their training has shaped their work, where they are now and where they see themselves in 10 years time. Education and Industry Spotlights: this is a 5 minute opportunity for education and industry to share.  Contributors include:

  • Julie Ellen, Artistic Director – Macrobert Art Centre
  • Morven Pringle, Head of Section of Performing Arts  – West College Scotland
  • David Smout, Lecturer & Production Manager (Technical Theatre) – Dundee and Angus College
  • Emma Beatt, Training and Professional Development Manager – Federation of Scottish Theatre
  • Joshua Ford, YTAS Young Arts Leaders/EdTech
  • Anya Glinski, Lecturer Costume Construction – Edinburgh College
  • Janet Westwater, Principle Teacher of Guidance – Bearsden Academy
  • Dianne Quinn, Curriculum Head  Creative Industries – Ayrshire College
  • Brian Gunnee, Senior Technician – Aberdeen Art Centre
  • George MacKenney, Operations Manager – Aberdeen Arts Centre

Panel Discussion: We are pleased to announce our panel chair this year is Judith Doherty, Chief Executive, Producer and Co-Artistic Director for Grid Iron Theatre Company.

Hear education and industry leaders in theatre set, costume and lighting design discuss the topics of the day. Following this discussion there will be a chance for you to have your say with Breakout Sessions hosted by the panel members.

Starter topics for discussion are:

  • ‘What are the barriers to design students accessing work placement?’
  • ‘Where do the designers go after graduation?’

If you would like to suggest a discussion topic please email Abigail on Abigail@sdtn.org

The Panel includes:

  • Sarah Paulley, Senior Lecturer Costume & Construction – Queen Margaret University
  • Rachel Young, Course Leader Costume Construction – South Essex College
  • Janise Hart, Theatre Set and Costume Designer, Scenehouse, Edinburgh
  • Christoph Wagner, Representative from the Association of Lighting Designers
  • Philip Pinsky, Composer and Sound Designer
  • Simon Wilkinson, Lighting Designer

The Venue

The Symposium will be held at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling University and is easily accessible by car and public transport.  A coach will be provided from Stirling Train Station, departing from the station at 10.15am and departing from the Macrobert at 5.15pm for the journey home.  Please book your place on the coach via the registration form.

If you have any queries about the day please email our Technical Theatre Skills Officer, Abigail on Abigail@sdtn.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Free toolkit for business and early years educators⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

BITC toolkitBusiness in the Community Scotland has created an innovative digital resource pack to help create sustainable, successful relationships with your local businesses and schools in order to help young children achieve their full potential and become responsible citizens.

This pioneering resource pack has been launched in a bid to help build partnerships between businesses and nurseries, early years centres and primary schools. The Business Engagement in the Early Years Toolkit has been created by Business in the Community Scotland (BITC Scotland) to support businesses, their staff and early years organisations to work together to enhance children’s learning about the world of work, raise their aspirations and improve life chances.  The toolkit offers some straight forward, hands on advice and guidance on how to set, maintain and grow your business partnership

The Business Engagement in the Early Years Toolkit is available for free download from the website.

You can also  find out more about the programme and read published case studies on our here .


DYW – All you need to know….!⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Small - DYW IntroThis monthly ‎series provides a professional learning opportunity for anyone interested in finding out more about developments emerging from the Developing the Young Workforce programme. Topics will include: Career education 3-18, work placements, school/employer partnerships, links to CfE, vocational pathways, senior phase developments etc.

These sessions are interactive in nature and give all involved the opportunity to ask questions, reflect on current practice and engage in professional dialogue with colleagues on key issues around this agenda.

In this first session on Thursday 5th November at 4pm you will get an exclusive introduction to the DYW team which will provide you with an overview of the wider Developing the Young Workforce agenda. We will also introduce the newly released ‎guidance on School/Employer Partnerships, Career Education (3-18) and Work Placements Standards. There will also be time to ask specific questions, exchange information or raise any burning issues.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – DYW – All you need to know….!

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

NB The next session in this new series will take place on Thursday 3rd December – more details to follow.