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Making Scotland a STEM Nation

STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has now been published

A STEM (Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy was launched in the Scottish Parliament last week by Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. The Strategy, together with a STEM Evidence Base Report, is now available to download from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/1386/downloads

A central focus on the strategy is to enable everyone to develop STEM skills for learning, for life and for work. It provides a new emphasis on career pathways within STEM sectors and to grow successful  partnerships between schools and employers through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme.  The strategy also includes a commitment to expand Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes to enable many to pursue jobs and careers in STEM through these pathways. This strong focus on skills and careers will further enhance national efforts to Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) and embed employment and career management skills in the curriculum through the Career Education Standard.

A wide variety and resources including exemplars around DYW and STEM can be accessed on the National Improvement Hub here.

 

Equality & Inclusion: Good practice exemplars

The following four good practice exemplars have been published on the National Improvement Hub to highlight initiatives that help learners requiring additional support to develop skills and find employment.

Exemplar 1: Enable Scotland’s ‘Stepping Up’ programme

This innovative employability programme offers comprehensive support for young people aged 14 to 19 who have learning disabilities which takes participants from an initial investigation of the world of work, through a process of discovery and planning for their future, to engagement with employers in real workplace settings. Find out more here.

Exemplar 2: ‘Thinking Digitally’ – a new resource

This credit rate module by Lead Scotland allows candidates to develop relevant digital skills and build confidence operating in online environments.  More on this here.

Exemplar 3:  ‘TOPs’ – training opportunities for young parents

This programme run by Rathbone Training, a UK-wide voluntary youth sector organisation which supports young people aged 16 to 24 who have disengaged from society, aims to help young parents in their personal development. More here.

Exemplar 4: ‘Community Action and Leadership Award

This is a course created by the charity Lead Scotland so that more people can learn how to influence change and make a difference within their communities. More information here.

FUTURE AS5ET: Calling all S5 girls who know they can change the world, and just as importantly, those who don’t

FUTURE AS5ET – A one day free conference for S5 schoolgirls, open to all secondary schools in Scotland.

22 September 2017,  Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The organisers, financial education charity Didasko and various investment management firms coordinated by Stewart Investors, are especially keen to encourage attendance of schools from outside Edinburgh,.  They are offering generous financial contributions towards travel for schools based outside of Midlothian area, and accommodation for those located more than 100 miles away.

The conference programme offers a wide range of seminars and key note presentation from inspirational speakers all around career opportunities in the financial sector.

Access the  programme here.

For more information please contact:

Ania Lewandowska, Senior Associate, Charlotte Street Partners

www.charlottestpartners.co.uk   @cstreetpartners

0 787211 8175

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

The programme for EIFF Youth Hub 2017 is now live!

Now in its fourth year, EIFF Youth Hub returns for four days packed with free practical filmmaking workshops, masterclasses and events for 15-25 year-olds. Whether you want to gain insights into animation or screenwriting, learn from experienced filmmakers about acting, cinematography or short filmmaking, or if you just want to network and step into a career in film – Youth Hub has something for everyone from 23 to 26 of June.

Events at Youth Hub are free with a Youth Hub Pass which costs £5 and gives access to all Youth Hub events as well as £5 discounted tickets to most EIFF films.

Highlights from this year’s programme directly related to careers in the industry:

A Foot in the Door: First Steps in Film & TV Drama

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 5pm – 7pm | Education Space | Limited to 30 spaces.

Outlining how being a great runner can be the key to a successful start to your career. 

BAFTA award winning Scottish producer Linda Fraser (Hit the Ground Running) will share an overview of the industry in Scotland, what a runner does and how to be awesome at it. Packed with practical insider info and tips for how to get started, this is a session not to be missed!

Spaces for this event are limited. To sign-up please email youthhub@edfilmfest.org.uk 

A Foot in the Door: Career Advice Session

Saturday, 24 June 2017 | 10.15am – 1.30pm |Main Hall | Limited to 50 spaces.

Want to get your foot in the door and break into the film/TV industry? Join us for our hugely popular careers advice session with Creative Skillset and training scheme Hit the Ground Running as we help you plan your next big step towards a career in the industry. This session includes:

10.15am – 11am: Panel discussion 11.10 am – 12.15pm: Networking surgery with filmmakers and experts from the creative industries. 12.15pm – 1.30pm: A light networking lunch with industry guests, EIFF filmmakers and delegates.

Spaces for this event are limited. To sign-up please email youthhub@edfilmfest.org.uk

Access the full programme here:  https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/learning/youth-hub

 

 

Western Isles Council – extensive apprenticeship offer

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and partners will publish an extensive list of over 40 apprenticeships which will see posts created from the Butt to Barra, across a wide range of sectors and departments including:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Community Development
  • Child Care
  • Education Attainment
  • Gaelic language assistants
  • Health and Social Care
  • Heritage
  • Human Resource
  • Multi-Media
  • Outdoor/Indoor Education
  • Roads maintenance
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Sport and health
  • Motor Mechanics

The Comhairle will be hosting community meetings throughout the Western Isles to provide full information on the above apprentices. Dates have yet to be confirmed but these meetings will take place the week commencing Monday 5th June 2017 and further details will be publicised closer to the time.

Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children’s Services, said:       “This is a fantastic opportunity for people from the Butt to Barra to earn whilst they learn, and very importantly – to do so in their own areas. This ties in very well indeed to the Comhairle’s aims to reverse depopulation, provide our people with the opportunity to remain in their communities, whilst also contributing to the economy. I would encourage those who speak Gaelic and also those who have a particular interest in land management and crofting to keep express their interest in these apprenticeships. I would reiterate once again that the apprenticeships are open to anyone, not just young people, and anyone who feels that they may be interested should register at www.myjobscotland.gov.uk and setup an alert for the job category “Modern Apprenticeships/Trainee” where they will receive notifications by e-mail as soon as the Comhairle’s Apprenticeships posts go live.

“The Comhairle is committed to workforce planning and having a sustainable platform for the future, to help our communities and our islands to flourish and we will continue to work hard to ensure that we achieve these aims.”

DYW Interesting Practice – Sanderson High School: Tailored learning pathways to meet the needs of all

Winners of the Scottish Education Awards 2017 – category:  Employability across Learning!

A whole school approach to DYW offers learners at Sanderson High School in South Lanarkshire a wide variety of career related and work-based learning opportunities that aim to inspire the exploration of future pathways.  The learning experiences within and beyond the curriculum not only provide learners with a significantly enhanced skills portfolio, tracked and referenced through profiling, but also ensure meaningful connections with the world of work and accreditation in the senior phase. As part of this approach the school created the subject ‘Education for Work’ which now forms part of the core curriculum at all levels. 

The school has also developed a Position Statement which states that “all young people will learn about the world of work; and where appropriate all young people will participate in suitable work experience; and all young people will have a clearly defined and individualised pathway from S1-S6, resulting in sustainable, meaningful post-school destinations.”

Staff use the entitlements from Career Education Standard 3-18 (CES) to ensure these aims are put into practice and audit the skills the young people are developing. For example, staff in each subject area match their curriculum and teaching and learning approaches to the relevant entitlements from the CES and the appropriate skills . The school has a good range of work placements for young people in the senior phase, which provides them with an excellent experience of the world of work and which links well to the curriculum.

There is also a close partnership with Calderglen High School on the implementation of DYW with learners taking up  volunteering opportunities at Sanderson HS.   Video clip: Volunteering at Sanderson HS

Find out more about the schools DYW approach by accessing the Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – Sanderson High School summary information.

DYW Interesting Practice: ‘Angus Works’ – Extended work placements for senior phase pupils

Angus Works is an extended work placements programme, open to all S4-S6 pupils across Angus. The programme has been developed by the Education Business Liaison Offers in collaboration with the DYW strategic group and employers across the authority and is implemented by the council’s ‘Skills for Work’ coordinators.  The programme  runs for 22 weeks (August – April) and forms part of the pupils’ timetable.  Each young person is engaged one-day a week within an identified role within Angus Council, supported by a mentor.      All young people engaged with the programme have the opportunity to undertake an accredited Personal Development Unit, delivered and supported by Angus Council’s Skills Team

Angus Works is an important way to help all young people to enhance their learning and develop as confident individuals, successful learners, responsible citizens and effective contributors. It will provide them with skills they will use throughout their lives in learning, life and work.  It is key to the programme that young people are involved in “real-life” meaningful tasks and projects during their placement, supporting skills development and giving them an accurate insight into that role/career.

Underpinning principles:

  • Angus Council’s commitment to developing the young workforce.
  • Providing meaningful opportunities for work experience.
  • Preparing our young people for their future in our community.

Read more about the Angus Works programme in the Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – Angus Works summary.  also available in support of the information sheet is the following PowerPoint presentation:  Angus Works

Career Education Standard 3-18: Parents are key influencers when it comes to career choices

ken-edwardsBy Ken Edwards, Education Programme Lead, Skills Development Scotland

‘The most important supporters and the greatest influencers of children and young people’s learning and career choices are their parents or carers.

They help their children by encouraging them to think and talk about their strengths, skills and interests; to be open minded and ambitious when exploring learning and career pathways; to be well informed when making choices and to be resourceful and resilient in overcoming challenges.  The support of parents has never been more important than now.    The growth in technology and globalisation drive an ever more dynamic and competitive labour market, one for which we need to prepare all young people.

Fortunately, to help busy parents with their important role, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) provides a rich source of direct support and easily accessible information.

SDS has careers advisers providing free, impartial careers advice and guidance in every single state secondary school in Scotland.

In the last year that programme of support has been extended in line with expectations in the Career Education Standard.

The parents and carers of all young people in S2 or S3 who are making their first Senior Phase subject choices will be invited to join their child in the face-to-face meeting with a careers adviser. If that doesn’t suit, they can see the adviser on their own to discuss the options for their child, helping them to better support the young person as they make informed decisions about their future.

SDS careers advisers will attend school events for parents of children at every stage from P7/S1 transition to S6.

In some areas, the flexible partnership approach SDS takes with schools has led to the hosting of bespoke events for parents and carers.

Online, My World of Work has an area dedicated to helping parents and carers, accessible 24 hours a day for free.

Topics covered include how to support a child making subject choices, course choices, exploring options for after a child leaves school, managing exam stress, funding, applications and apprenticeships.

SDS also works with a range of partners who support parents and carers. Once again, we are working with the National Parent Forum Scotland to develop further ‘nutshell’ guides as a follow-up to Career Education: A World of Possibilities

Written by parents, for parents, the new ‘nutshells’ will look to support parents and carers to have productive career conversations with their children, cover creativity, enterprise and employability, apprenticeships and opportunities in the growing digital sector.

SDS is also in the second year of its partnership with the Scottish Parent Teacher Council to pilot Partnership Schools Scotland (PSS).

This project offers a model for school, family and community partnership.

Its uniquely Scottish approach is based on the work of the National Network of Partnership Schools developed and fine-tuned over almost 30 years in the USA.

PSS is progressing well with some 40 schools in five local authorities now involved and examples of interesting practice developing.

SDS is commited to continuing to work for and with parents to help them be the confident source of support their children need to be ambitious in successfully identifying and following their chosen learning and career paths.’

 

See the SDS interactive guide to careers services in schools

 

Making skills work and promoting apprenticeships

letitiaFrom As the national skills body, we, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) support the people and businesses of Scotland by delivering services that help them to achieve their ambitions.

With careers advisers in secondary schools and high street centres across the country, we are passionate about developing skills in the community and getting more young people into work.

We also support and promote work based learning and apprenticeships which offer young people the chance to get a job, get paid and get qualified.

As part of this promotion, we are working with employers, training providers and partners to co-ordinate events and activity throughout autumn to raise awareness of apprenticeships and the benefits of work based learning.

The Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy and the aims of Developing the Young Workforce include reducing youth unemployment and bringing education and industry closer together.

To support this, young people in Dumfries and Galloway are encouraged find out more about apprenticeships at an upcoming SDS event taking place on Friday 25th at Easterbrook Hall.

Aimed at pupils from S2 to S4, this event will help inform pupils when making choices about their future. It provides  a great opportunity to hear real life experiences from apprentices as well as the chance to meet employers.  Young people will get an insight as to the benefits of apprenticeships and career opportunities provided by work based learning through exclusive demonstrations.

mohammadYou might not know but there are more than 25,500 new Modern Apprenticeship opportunities across Scotland each year, with over 80 different types available in hundreds of jobs!  From financial services and healthcare to construction and IT, each apprenticeship is developed by industry to suit their needs.    This means that apprentices can build valuable work experience from day one and gain an accredited qualification which is recognised by industry.

It’s worth noting that last year there were 765 Modern Apprenticeship starts in Dumfries and Galloway, up from 753 in 2014/15.

Apprenticeships provide an alternative route into the world of work, equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed. Foundation Apprenticeships mean you can also now start a Modern Apprenticeship at school.   With a Foundation Apprenticeship pupils in S5 can complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship alongside their other studies, such as Nat5s or Highers.Foundation Apprenticeships take two years to complete with pupils spending part of the week out of school, getting hands-on experience at college and with a local employer in their chosen industry.

With a Foundation Apprenticeship they leave school with an industry-recognised qualification which is set at SCQF level 6 – the same level as a Higher.

And now Graduate Level Apprenticeships provide a new way into degree-level study for individuals who are currently employed, or who want to go straight into work.

Visit apprenticeships.scot  to find out all you need to know about apprenticeships and to search and apply for vacancies.

Modern Apprenticeship reviews

Modern Apprenticeship (MA) reviews have been conducted in Engineering and Hairdressing. The Hairdressing review will be published in September.    A team of reviewers from Education Scotland, SDS, colleges and independent training providers is about to conduct the review of MAs in Automotive Engineering in the autumn.

Agreement has been reached to prepare a new model which will now look at on-the-job training, delivered in the workplace, by colleges and independent training providers. Work on preparing the model is in full swing and the model will be ready for implementation in Spring 2017.