Scottish Borders Council provided 55 teachers with the opportunity to find out first hand the skills required in local industries.
Sarah Rowson- Teacher of Modern languages from Berwickshire High School shares her experiences
Before the end of the summer term 2018 I spent two days with Rabbie’s Trail Burners as part of my Teacher Industry Insight Placement organised by Developing the Young Workforce Borders .
I spent one day in the Edinburgh headquarters being introduced to employees across the various departments and hearing about their roles in the organisation. This was highly informative and helped me understand the structure and functions within the company.
The second day I spent on a day tour of the “West Highlands, Lochs and Castles” to give me a taste of Rabbie’s business from a customer’s viewpoint.
Since then, I have built on this link with Elaine Brannan, Head of HR, who is going well beyond the call of duty for my pupils. I am running the SQA Languages for Life and Work Award this session, which includes an Employability unit. Elaine has been in to Berwickshire High School to meet my pupils and has committed to coming back on several occasions to help them identify their transferable skills, create CVs and work on their interview skills. She has also offered work experience to a small number. Taking part in all these activities – and especially being interviewed and given constructive feedback – will be enormously beneficial for my pupils. Elaine’s first visit last week was met with enormous enthusiasm, the most I have seen from this group for anything work-related!
My background is business-related (before I became a teacher) and both my experience and that of all the business contacts we have forged are really bringing home to the pupils the importance of identifying the transferable skills that they already have and developing them still further. In this class our focus is not really the academic, but rather developing these young people in preparation to join the workforce in due course. The placement I had with Rabbies has been invaluable here.
It’s your future, come and share with us what you think we should be considering!
An independent panel has been set up, led by Moyra Boland, Glasgow University, to consider new approaches to Career Pathways for Teachers that are fit for purpose for our modern Education system. All teachers have been sent a link to an online survey and in addition we are very keen to hear your views directly. We are going around the country to engage directly with education staff.
An engagement event has been set up in your area:
Date: Tuesday 23rd October
Venue: Bellahouston Academy
30 Gower Terrace
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, SLF 2017 presentation and school DYW leaflet here:
Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – Dalgety Bay PS
Career Education Leaflet Dalgety Bay PS
Dalgety Bay PS -SLF 2017 amd