Category Archives: Senior Phase

New School/College Partnership Self-evaluation Guide

Senior1The Education Scotland DYW Skills Team have developed a new Self-evaluation guide FINAL along with the HM College Inspection team. This self-evaluation guide has been created for school and college senior managers, practitioners, guidance and support staff to assist quality enhancement as part of the ongoing analysis of partnerships between schools and colleges. It is hoped that this will strengthen working relationships and planning and delivery structures, improve and diversify programmes on offer, and increase recruitment, retention, achievement and progression. This guide may be used for planning with schools and colleges in tandem, or in conjunction with other stakeholders as part of a comprehensive plan. The five sections include challenge questions and identification of strengths and areas for improvement. Each question is referenced against the most relevant quality indicators of: HGIOS4, Quality Framework for the External Review of Scotland’s Colleges and Developing the Young Workforce Recommendations.

A Conversation with the First Minister

Small - Conversation with FMYoung people from across Scotland are being invited to a conversation with First Minister of Scotland.

A live event will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Monday 21st March at 11am, as part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing work to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of decisions which affect them and their education.

This event follows initial work undertaken last year that saw over 100 children and young people from across Scotland sharing their experiences of education and ideas for the future at a scoping event in Edinburgh and Summits held in Inverness and Oban.

Young people aged 16 and 17 attending this summit will hear a brief opening from the First Minister, before having the opportunity to put questions to Ms Sturgeon in an open question and answer session. You can join us live in Glow and ask your questions via Twitter on #askTheFM.

Sign up now join us live in Glow TV – A Conversation with the First Minister.

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.

Careers in Construction

Too often Construction is seen in terms of building, joinery, plumbing……In fact Construction affects every single person’s lives from the construction of hospitals at birth, schools through early life, homes to live in, places of work and places of worship. This then encompasses a vast range of disciplines from planning and design, architecture, restoration, project management, surveying, engineering and environmental studies.

Please join us to hear from Construction Professionals about their career journey as well as meet some of the most high profile employers and education providers for the sector. During the networking session you can gather more information to take away with you to form substantive careers literature to share with your students. The event will be filmed and therefore a DVD will be available to those who attend after the event and this is another tool you can use in your own school within the curriculum at a time that suits you and to a variety of age ranges ensuring all your students are aware of the exciting careers available to them in the Built Environment. This is a really unique opportunity to access valuable careers material, contacts in the industry and further education which is currently not on offer anywhere else.

Date: 9 March 2016

Time: 10.00 until 14.00

Venue: Discovery Dundee

Cost: Free

Booking Details

The new look of ‘My World of Work’

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Whatever the young people you work with want to do when they leave school, My World of Work is here to help.  If you’ve not had a look at our award-winning careers advice and information service lately, now is the time to come back and check it out. We’ve completely redevelped the service, making it easier to use, introducing even more great tools, information and articles.

The revamped My World of Work means registered users will get a more personal service to help them make informed choices based on their personal traits, education and experience.   My World of Work is also uniquely placed to offer what no other careers websites can, a direct link to SDS expert careers advisers and the wealth of knowledge we offer as the national skills agency.

Support for you

Our partner resources help you to support your customers to use My World of Work – whether you’re a teacher, lecturer, training provider or work with one of our many partner organisations.

The service has been designed around four learning areas linked to career management skills (CMS) – self, strengths, horizons and networks – enabling young people to strengthen and develop their skills for learning, life and work.

These skills enable users to take effective decisions, realise their potential and take control of their future. With assistance from you, other partners and Careers Advisers, young people can build the skills they need to succeed through the use of My World of Work.

We’ve worked with teachers to develop support materials including:

  • Articles to help you understand how pupils can get the best out of the service – explaining key features and how they can be used to explore the world of work
  • Activities which make it easy to plan and structure lessons. Each activity is designed to support a range of experiences and outcomes within Building the Curriculum 4, Planning for Choices and Changes
  • Downloads that give you the resources you need to carry out an activity

As soon as you register as a partner, you’ll find this content throughout My World of Work alongside relevant tools and articles. As well as this, you’ll be able to access all the partner resources in one place through your “Account”.

There’s also the new subject choices tool which is a great way of enabling young people to see how their choices could relate to future careers. There is a new subject choices collection of content that supports young people to explore options, understand things to avoid, look to the jobs of the future and help with making the right decisions.

Other new features include About Me, offering an insight into how personality and interests relate to careers. The updated CV builder makes writing and editing CVs quicker and easier to start applying for that dream job.

Reach for the stars!

We want My World of Work to be an inspiring space for everyone who uses it, and the stories of real working people are helping us to do that. These stories offer a unique, real-life glimpse of what working in a certain job or industry is really like.

Companies including NASA, City Building, STV, Capgemini, CalMac, Siemens, LifeScan Scotland, RBS, NHS, Forestry Commission and Historic Scotland allowed My World of Work cameras a behind-the-scenes insight into the working lives of people in their companies.

That kind of insight is hugely valuable when you’re wrestling with big career decisions, and we’ll continue to add and update these profiles in the months and years to come.The job profile videos also link to up-to-date information on related salary rates, qualifications needed to get started and opportunities within the sector, including a look at future job trends.

The future

The key to a successful future for My World of Work is listening to our partners, colleagues and customers and being guided on the future development plans by this insight and feedback.

We are also working on tools and resources for P5-P7 pupils, which will be delivered through teachers in primary schools and will update you on progress in the coming months.

Let us know what you think of My World of Work or request an awareness session on the web service from a member of the Skills Development Scotland Partner Development & Integration team using feedback@myworldofwork.co.uk

Making connections: DYW in context

Julie_Anderson-234x300In her blog post for SCQF Julie Anderson, DYW Team Leader for Senior Phase Pathways & College Partnerships in the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate makes the connection between Developing the Young Workforce and Curriculum for Excellence and talks about some of the learning pathways being developed.  Julie highlights that a learner-centred approach to career education provides young people with appropriate progression routes tailored to their needs and wants.  The SCQF can help to plan appropriate pathways by brining clarity and equality to all qualifications and learning.

Julie says:  “Young people can use the SCQF to understand the level of the learning they have already achieved and plan their future learning pathways. The SCQF website provides a wealth of information, case studies and resources for learners, parents, carers, schools and employers.”

You can read all of Julie’s SCQF blog here.

Funding to help young Scots get into work

Young people are set to benefit from an additional £6.1 million to help them get into work, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today.

The money will boost the job prospects of those aged between 16 – 29 years old who face the biggest barriers to employment, including people with disabilities and those who have left the military early.

The First Minister outlined the new funding during her keynote speech at the annual Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Gathering event to celebrate the huge impact the voluntary sector has on Scotland’s communities.

The multi-million pound investment will support up to a further 700 job training opportunities as part of the next phase of the Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme, which is delivered in partnership with SCVO. It offers unemployed vulnerable people, aged 16 to 29, 12-18 month training posts and has helped the Third Sector by providing financial support to host employers to deliver vital local services. Employers will also be supported by the Scottish Government to pay CJS employees the Living Wage.

This most recent funding brings the total Scottish Government investment into Community Jobs Scotland to more than £45 million since it launched in 2011. To date, more than 6,500 job training opportunities have been created for young people across all 32 local authorities.

The First Minister said:

“Our voluntary workers play a crucial role in making Scotland a prosperous and equal society. They are essential to our efforts to build a fairer and wealthier country and are vital in encouraging participation – ensuring people have a real say in the issues which directly affect them.

“Today’s funding of £6.1 million will provide 700 training opportunities for young people. It is so important that most of the places will be filled by people who currently find it harder to get jobs – carers, people leaving care, people with disabilities, and people leaving military service – and is a further example of the role the third sector can play in promoting opportunities and tackling inequality.

“Community Jobs Scotland has been an overwhelming success, with almost 70% of young people involved in the programme going onto a job or further education. That is especially impressive when you consider that many of the places are reserved for groups who sometimes face particular difficulty in entering the workplace.

“We want to respect people’s dignity, value their potential and encourage their ambitions because doing that, and providing the practical support which helps people to fulfil their potential, is the best way of achieving a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.”

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO said:        “This is fantastic news for the young unemployed people who’ll get the chance of a job with a voluntary organisation making a difference in their community.

“Community Jobs Scotland really has the edge on other employment programmes because it’s giving a leg up to young unemployed people who are furthest from the labour market to grow their confidence and skills in a real workplace. That is why most graduates from the programme get a permanent job.”

Women in Engineering event: 10 March @ City of Glasgow College

Senior2 PWP_0752This one day event is aimed at ge S2 – S6 girls interested in a STEM career and combines presentations from inspirational female engineers with practical sessions in the Colleges new state-of-the-art engineering campus. Participants will be able to:

  • Practice electronics on our award winning city bytes circuit boards
  • Experience Mechanical and Electrical Engineering training
  • Visit our industry standard Nautical Ship Simulator and Ships Control and Engine Room
  • Speak to professionals and current students about becoming a female engineer.

The event is free to attend and is being held on the 10th March 2016 at City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, 21 Thistle Street, G5 9XB.

To sign up for this event simply visit http://womenintoengineering.eventbrite.co.uk or email linda.muir@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

BT Apprenticeships

This year BT TSO (Technology Service and Operations) are hiring logoapprentices in your area. These are advanced apprenticeships meaning that successful applicants will receive fully funded training during their apprenticeship leading to a professional qualification in their chosen programme.

Students can apply here: http://btplc.com/Careercentre/Ourlocations/UK/Apprenticeships/

Read through the information on the page and the links on the left and then apply.

Entry requirements: Four Standard Grades – grades A –C including Maths and English

 

NNM – Transition – pre-school to primary and P7-S1

Small - Module 17Join the team at Education Scotland on Thursday 18th February at 4pm for a discussion about transition – pre-school to primary and P7-S1.

The aims of this session are to:
• Understand why transition is important
• Highlight effective practice at various transition stages
• Explore this effective practice and consider the impact for learners.

The session is most relevant for practitioners teaching pupils aged 3-18.

Sign up now and take part live in Glow TV – NNM – Transition – pre-school to primary and P7-S1

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.