A range of workshops formed an integral part of the conference agenda, with leading industry and educational experts presenting and discussing their own experiences.
Workshops at the Academy9 Conference included:
The Engineering Academy: A Vehicle for Widening Access to University and Driving Employer’s Talent Pipelines
Led by Alan Roseweir and Stewart McKinlay, University of Strathclyde, this workshop will discuss the creation and ongoing development of the Engineering Academy programme, with guest speakers and success stories from the scheme sharing their experiences.
Click to view: Workshop presentation – The Engineering Academy
Creating an Action Plan for Industry-Education Collaboration
Led by Christine Percival, The Knowledge Exchange Partnership, this workshop will examine the mutual benefits of knowledge exchange to create effective and sustainable educational programmes. Create an action plan – How to structure and develop an Education and Industry Partnership Framework.
Developing the Young Workforce: Connecting Education with the World of Work
Led by Klaus Mayer and Mandy Toogood, Education Scotland, this workshop will provide participants with background information on the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) programme within education, along with exploring issues such as how we can inspire children, how we can prepare learners for the world of work, and how we can ‘future proof’ education.
Click to view: Workshop presentation – Developing the Young Workforce
How Procurement Strategies can deliver for a Sustainable Scotland
Led by John MacIntyre and John Andrew, Transport Scotland, this workshop will provide details on the future strategy for sustainable procurement and community benefit responsibility. Discuss how sustainable procurement can benefit local communities, what are defined community benefits and the need to record all activities to ensure maximum outcomes.
New Industry in Scotland 2020: Attracting and Developing a Skilled Workforce
Led by Tony Elliott, CITB Scotland, and Grahame Barn, CECA Scotland, this workshop will discuss demands for talent in the Scottish construction industry, best practice for attracting and retaining the new skills required for this major employment sector, and how the construction industry is changing.
Visualisation in Construction
Led by Jennifer Smart, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, and Chris Paterson, Jacobs, the objective of this workshop is to showcase VR/AR visualisation technology, and how it can be used to enhance construction safety, client interaction and customer service.
Click to view: Workshop presentation – Visualisation in Construction
The Power of Industry and Education in Partnership
Led by Maureen Douglas, Forster Group, and Archie Bathgate, Headteacher at Brechin High School, the aim of this workshop is to provide an insight into the innovative work underway at Brechin Community Campus, where the school and Foster Construction work in partnership to run the Campus’ Construction Learning Centre. There will be a focus on the development of the Design & Build qualification now successfully delivering skills for the future.
The Power of Mindset to Build Resilience and Embrace Challenge/Change
Led by Sonia Grant, Mindset UK, this workshop will explore what growth mindset is, why it’s important and how to create a growth mindset culture.
The Unique Commercial Advantage Young People brought to the Whereverly Platform
Led by Iain McNeill, Whereverly, and Giancarlo Fedeli, the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, this workshop will discuss the unique business value created by young people in the foundational development of the Whereverly App Platform and will explore the possibilities of their participation in, and contribution to, making technology products.
RAISE Programme: Driving Innovation in the STEM Education and Training Strategy
Led by Gayle Duffus, RAISE Programme, and Ian Menzies, Education Scotland, this workshop will provide a strategic overview of the 3-year pilot RAiSE Programme, led by Education Scotland, which has been established to build capacity and engagement for science and STEM in primary schools. Attendees will also have an opportunity to engage with the key findings of the external evaluation – which demonstrate a positive impact in terms of teacher confidence in delivery of STEM learning, development of effective partnerships, and provision of engaging and motivating learning experiences for children and young people.
Approaches to Delivering Skills and Employment Programmes in Infrastructure
Led by James Lloyd, Transport for London, and Scott Young, Thames Tideway, this workshop will provide a London perspective on approaches to delivering skills directly, in partnership with suppliers and contractually, and will explore what shapes a client’s priorities, turning priorities into a plan, delivering the plan for maximum benefit and best practice approaches.