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.
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This newly developed standard provides direction and exemplification across a range of sectors in order to build on and enhance work-based learning experiences for college students in Scotland. Realising the new standard will support the development of learners’ employability skills and subsequently improve the career prospects of all students studying in colleges across Scotland.
The new document complements the Work Placements Standard for Schools released in September 2015 and articulates well with its key messages, allowing practitioners in secondary schools to align work placements for diverse learner pathways in the senior phase.