The Scottish Government aims to achieve economic growth in Scotland that is inclusive. This means growth that combines increased prosperity with greater equality, creates opportunities for all, and distributes the benefits of increased prosperity fairly.
Its vision is to develop a more joined up employability system across Scotland – an employability system that does more to provide the right help for people of all ages, when they need it, and particularly for those further from the labour market, to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the economy. This is in line with their approach to Inclusive Growth, recognising that the overall employment rate is high, we now need to ensure a greater focus on those further away from the labour market.
It is about developing a more flexible system that responds to individual and local needs – with clear roles for public, private and Third Sector. To do this we need a funding system which is flexible enough to support our ambitions, but also to adapt over time as the labour market changes.
Scottish Government recognises that there is a lot of good work going on, there are lots of people and organisations working to create better opportunities for people. The challenge we have is to develop more collective leadership across the main funders, Scottish government, UK Government, Local Government and the Third Sector.
This review will be informed by user and delivery partner feedback from those engaged with existing SG funded employability programmes, and evidence and evaluation from recent reports on the employability landscape. You are the experts and we want to hear your ideas on:
the vision and objectives we have outlined and how we promote more collective leadership and collaboration between the different bodies involved;
how we ensure employability programmes and services provide better support for people on their journey towards and into work – removing duplication and supporting better outcomes;
how we ensure funding and programmes are flexible enough to meet changing labour market conditions;
how we recognise the valuable input from different sectors and how we build, collectively, on what works for the individual;
roles and responsibilities at national, regional and local level;
whether there are particular types of support that are working really well and how we can do more to build on that;
approaches to assessment and referral; and
what success looks like and approaches to performance management.
SG welcomes your feedback on these issues. You can send submissions to: NEETpolicy@gov.scot by 29 June 2018.
The national organisations and regional networks who developed the National CLD Workforce Development Plan are not aiming to cover all the training and development that goes on in the sector but rather to focus on a few thematic areas to improve access and coverage. The plan was informed by mapping and research undertaken in 2017.
It is intended as a living document. An online version on i-develop includes event calendars that will be added to throughout the lifetime of the plan. The working group will continue to meet to review the implementation and evaluate the impact of this plan. The results from evaluation will be used to determine whether a new plan is written for 2019-20 and what form such a plan would take.
In order to reflect on the entitlements of learners outlined and the expectations on teachers and practitioners outlined with in the Career Education Standard the following toolkits have been developed:
Digital technology is integral to many areas of learning. The recently-published Digital Parenting magazine contains expert opinion and advice on how parents, teachers, carers and professionals can keep young people safer online. The magazine is available here:
The latest newsletter on Work Placements has been released by Aberdeenshire Council providing an overview of the breath and depth of the developments in the authority. This includes case studies from schools, the experiences and perspectives of employers as well as accounts of learners participating in a wide variety of work-based learning opportunities.
If you are involved in DYW planning the Exemplification Tool may offer help and guidance. Based on the ‘I can’statements this resource provides illustrations of what children and young people might experience across all levels of the curriculum in order to help realise the entitlements.
In December 2017 the Dundee Rep Theatre ran their Enterprise @ the Rep project which saw 73 young people work with more than 30 members of staff and visiting artists across 10 departments over 2 days.
Now in its 9th year, this unique project sits at the heart of our core mission to embed Creative Learning practices across the Rep theatre, enabling us to not only develop greater creative opportunities for a range of participants, artists and staff but to also raise the ambitions and aspirations of young people across the city.
Find out more about this inspirational project and its impact by watching the following film clip:
Eleana Meikle, S3 pupil at Wellington School in Ayr scooped 2nd place at this year’s John Byrne National Drawing competition. Find out why Eleana entered the competition.
I found out about the competition from my art teacher. The department entered lots of work to the competition. To decide on what I was going to draw I decided that I really like textures and thought that a contrast of rough textures with smooth shiny shoes would be very powerful.
I decided to work in mixed media and used biro pen, white pencil and newspaper collage on brown paper to let me layer and create multiple textures. This mixture also gave the drawing boldness but I could also manage to draw the detail with the pen and pencil.
When I was told about my win I felt ecstatic about gaining 2nd place. This made me really happy and proud of my work.
It was a very positive experience coming to the gallery and seeing my work in a frame with other pupils work. I have never done this before and it really was confidence boosting.
If I had to say to other pupils why they should enter the competition I would tell them to go for it, it’s excellent. The feeling was great and the prize was so generous.