St Mary’s Primary School, finalist at the Scottish Education Awards 2017, has developed a systematic approach to career education weaving work-based learning opportunities across the curriculum. This includes an assisted work placement programme for all P7 students with local business across a wide range of sectors from science and technology, IT and the hospitality sector. The programme is now running in its second year. Headteacher Mary Hume says: “We have built excellent relationships within the town evidenced by the fact that they are willing to work with our pupils again this year but moreover, we have been able to diversify and offer more choice to our pupils.”
One of their partnerships allows pupils to shadow interpreters at Conentrix (IBM) dealing with complex issues of cyber security. The partnership also extents to staff visiting the school to supporting the 1+2 languages agenda at St Mary’s.
This initiative sits within the wider career education programme the school offers all learners across the curriculum. Parents and employers are co-designing and delivering exciting project work that enhances leanrers’s skills for learning, life and work.
If you want to hear more about this approach why not attend Mary Hume’s seminar at the SLF 2017 on Wednesday, 20 September @ 2pm (Baisdale2).
Rising to the challenge set by the Career Education Standard 3-18, Maisondieu Primary School has woven career education and advice into their curriculum from early years to P7. Working oin partnerhsup with parents and the wider community the school harnesses a wider range of resources and support including SDS’s online materials to develop skills and career aspirations for the 21 century. A working group, led by a parent-teacher partnership and local community partners, helped to promote the schools career education . Many activities including a ‘World of Work Mobile Unit’ and two whole school careers events were arranged. These enable children and young people to actively engage with variety of employers to support learning and understand the skills required for their future pathways.
The impact of this approach is far-reaching:
Pupils are able to connect their learning with the world of work, carefully selected representatives from local employers help challenge stereotypes and provide a more realistic picture of jobs and careers available for young people in the future and the skills required to access these.
It also strengthened partnership links with stakeholders in the community.
It allowed pupils and staff to reflect upon the entitlements and expectations set out within the Career Education Standard 3-18
Find out more about this initiative by joining the SLF seminar of Ruth Mcfarlane, teacher at Maisondieu Primary School: Wednesday, 20 September, 9.30 (Boisedale 2)
The Awards Network’s Awards Aware Scheme and new website will be formally launched by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science at an event to be held at Leith Academy on 31 August 2017. Being Awards Aware demonstrates a commitment to recognise and value the skills and achievements gained by young people through youth awards.
The Awards Network website provides information on non-formal learning awards and programmes from (currently) 26 member organisations, highlighting learning outcomes and impact. Adding to learner journey options are credit-rated awards such as Youth Scotland’s Youth Achievement Awards, YouthLink Scotland’s Participative Democracy Certificate and SQA Employability Awards; programme awards, including the John Muir Award, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Queen’s Scout Award; participation and nominated awards such as the Saltire Award and Young Scot Awards.
The Skills Scotland events are held in three key locations – Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow aiming to close the gap between the workplace and the classroom by linking industry with education.
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.
Exposing young people to the outdoors and engaging them in activities that challenge and inspire them has long been highlighted as an important component to support the development of skills for learning, life and work. Resilience , team building, problem-solving as well as acquiring technical skills all help when it come to preparing for the world of work.
This has been highlighted by the recent visit of Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Employability and Training, to The Outward Bound Trust’s Loch Eil Centre to see for himself how the trust works with young people to help them develop skills which enable them to become workplace-ready. In his interview to the Scotsman (7 July) he said: “It was fantastic to see The Outward Bound Trust’s work helping young people build their skills and confidence while enjoying the outdoors. This kind of practical training is benefitting Scotland’s workforce and enabling our economy to grow and flourish. That is why we are investing in 30,000 modern apprenticeship starts per year by 2020 and are increasing the number of graduate level and foundation apprenticeships.”
The trust has recently placed even more emphasis on the transition from education to the workplace and to tailoring our offerings to respond to the Developing the Young Workforce agenda. We work with employers to design, develop and deliver courses that address specific workplace needs, such as positive attitudes, communication skills and determination to stay motivated when faced with difficult situations.
Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/building-confidence-and-resilience-a-worthwhile-addition-to-workplace-skills-1-4497523#comments-area
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