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Developing the Young Workforce : Marketplace

Developing the Young Workforce : Marketplace

Mark Steell, Development Adviser, DYW Employer Engagement Team, Scottish Government

I am seconded to Scottish Government to support the Developing the Young Workforce strategy and the regional employer groups that have been set up to deliver employer engagement with young people in education to help their awareness and access to the world of work.

This is the second time I have had this privilege having been involved in Determined to Succeed and people have asked me what is different this time round. I think one area for change is how we use digital technology to communicate employer offers and support to education.

Last year, the Edinburgh, East and Mid-Lothian DYW group launched Marketplace which is a digital platform for employers to offer schools insight, inspiration and awareness activities and events. The National DYW group led by Rob Woodward of STV has since agreed to the roll-out of Marketplace as the recommended tool for DYW groups to use.

Skills Development Scotland in collaboration with Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayrshire, and North East DYW groups have led the development of Marketplace.

The benefits of Marketplace are to make it easy for employers to communicate an offer to education and, for teachers it sits on My World of Work website which will make it easier to search for opportunities. The system allows teachers to book employer offers and will be open for young people to be able to see what’s on offer too

In addition, the Founders4schools service is available in Marketplace and this links teachers with entrepreneurial employers who wish to offer learning opportunities to schools. So the platform allows you to see what’s already available and to build your own event with employer support if you require this.

If you want to find out more about Marketplace, register and sign in at https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/marketplace and speak to your regional DYW group at http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/developing-young-workforce/ about plans to bring this to the area where you work and live.

IET: Engineering Work Experience for All

The  Institute for Engineering and Technology (ITE) has launched a campaign entitled ‘Engineering Work Experience for All’  in order to raise awareness of the value of high quality, practical work placements in helping to develop future engineers with the practical skills they need for the workplace.

According to the IET 2016 Skills and Demand in Industry report, 62 per cent of engineering employers say graduates don’t have the right skills for today’s workplace, while 68 per cent are concerned that the education system will struggle to keep up with the skills required for technological change. To address these growing concerns over skills gaps in the engineering workforce, particularly among graduates and school leavers, 91 per cent of companies agreed that more employers need to provide work experience for those in education or training.

The campaign

In response to these statistics, the IET has launched the Engineering Work Experience for All campaign to champion the need for more employers and universities to collaborate to offer quality work experience to engineering students. The campaign is designed to rally employers, universities, Government and students to make a range of different, quality work experience opportunities more widespread.

Find our more about the campaign here.

Business Language Champions: Developing skills for the world of work

Many schools across Scotland have developed relationships with business to highlight the relevancy of language skills in relation to the world of work .

The following case studies have been developed as part of the ‘Business Language Champions’ initiative  in collaboration with SCILT to suit both employers and schools.

  • Abbotsford House and Burgh Primary School (July abbotsford2016) – This partnership between a primary school and a local tourist attraction demonstrated to pupils the relevance of language skills in their local community, as well as providing an opportunity for learning across the curriculum.
  • Balmoral Hotel and Broughton High School (July 2016) – S3 learners worked with staff at the Balmoral Hotel to develop an internal information leaflet to support staff working with Chinese guests.
  • Harvey Nichols and Trinity High School (June 2016) – A visit to Harvey Nichols to meet with staff who use languages as part of their job convinced S3 pupils of the relevance of language skills in the workplace. Learners created phrase books in different languages to support the use of language in the department store.
  • Walkers Shortbread and Elgin Academy (June 2016) – S2 learners created ‘cue cards’ for Walkers International Sales Team to use on visits to China, introducing language and cultural information. Pupils also delivered a presentation on their cue cards to sales staff at Walkers Shortbread.
  • Outplay Entertainment and Woodmill High School (May 2016) – S3 pupils developed an advertising strategy to promote one of Outplay Entertainment’s games in either French of German, and learnt about the importance of languages in the gaming industry.
  • Johnstons of Elgin and Elgin Academy (May 2016) – This case study exemplifies Interdisciplinary Learning in S2 at Elgin Academy, in particular the effective combination of Chinese and business links as part of a skills based project in the broad general education
  • Jurys Inn and Lourdes Seconday School (May 2016) – S3 pupils learned about the value of languages in the hospitality industry.
  • Navy and Brechin High School (March 2015) – A visit from the Royal Navy and language workshops culminated in an interdisciplinary project in which S3 learners had to use their language skills in humanitarian crisis scenarios.
  • The Scottish Football Association and Kilwinning Academy (October 2014) – A great project for S3 learners which showed that languages are necessary in all walks of life.
  • Holland & Sherry and Priorsford Primary School (October 2014) – The whole school was involved in this project which raised learners’ awareness of what Holland & Sherry does in their local town while building learners’ language skills.
  • Loch Duart and Montrose Academy (June 2014) – An exciting programme for S3 learners with visits and workshops culminating in an interdisciplinary project which raised the bar for the pupils who benefited from seeing first-hand how languages and business work together.
  • Michelin and Grove Academy (February 2014) – This project gives the young people in S3 a real and engaging context for their learning of French.

West Lothian College STEM Manifesto

West Lothian College has pledged to develop  a spirit of innovation, WLC pledgeenterprise and partnership in STEM education and training.  They aim to provide first class and consistent opportunities for all their learners in this area.

The college will focus on a wide range of issues in order to create new and flexible methods of learning to maximise educational outcomes around STEM.  These include giving STEM education a more prominent status, focusing on employment opportunities in this area, raising awareness and promoting  STEM subjects and to develop innovation and entrepreneurial skills in learners.

For more information on the West Lothian College pledge and STEM manifesto please visit www.west-lothian.ac.uk


Developing the Young Workforce Leaders Conference at West Lothian

West Lothian held a special event to support and drive forward their agenda to better prepare young people for the West Lothian DYW Confworld of work. Representatives from education, industry, college and training providers, Skills Development Scotland and parents came together to coordinate and align efforts in order to drive forward the DYW agenda already well under in the local authority.

The event included the launch of a new customised West Lothian Employability Award , the Positive Destinations website http://www.positive-destinations.co.uk/ as well as inputs by Joan MacKay (Education Scotland, DYW Implementation Lead (Schools)) and Anne Wexelstein (Director, Career ready for Scotland) and Stuart McKay (West Lothian Council’s Opportunities for All officer).

For more information on the event please go to http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/west-lothian-youths-prepare-employment-6620019

Radio Edutalk: Joan Mackay and team on the very latest around DYW

copy-edutalk-headerJoan Mackay, Andrew Millar and Mairi Thomson from the Skills 3-18 Team at Education Scotland have been discussing the latest issues around ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ live on Radio Edutalk.

You can access the recording of the interview at:   http://www.edutalk.info/show/radio-edutalk-29-09-2015-joan-mackay-mairi-thomson-and-andrew-millar-of-education-scotland-on-developing-the-young-workforce/

Career Education: A World of Possibilities – parental information

NPFS Career EdNPFS has developed a publication for parents which provides a helpful introduction to the new programme of career education starting in the 2015/16 school year.

Career education will deliver key entitlements to all of our children and young people. These will ensure that Scotland’s children acquire the skills and knowledge they need so that they can reach the futures that are right for them. Have a look at our leaflet for further details of how this will work and how parents can support their children.

Career Education: A World of Possibilities

Education Scotland News autumn edition now available!

The latest issue of Education Scotland News is now available on our website. This autumn edition hasNEWS a particular focus on Developing the Young Workforce and contains some useful articles on the Scottish Attainment Challenge, How good is our school? (4th EDITION) and the National Improvement Framework as well as providing the latest information on some of our key activities.

Read Education Scotland News today

Young Peoples’ Conversations at the Campus – the Skills team goes ‘Fourth’

Loch Leven Community Campus in Perth and Kinross was the FullSizeRenderlocation of the fourth Conversation Day event. 74 Primary children from 6 schools from P4 to P6 joined staff from Education Scotland and a partner organisations in very varied day of activities around skills and developing the young workforce themes.

Building on the format of our previous primary conversation day, children moved around 9 stations each with a different focus and role in promoting conversation around skills and developing the young workforce issues. Popular activities included Generations Science’s Lego Mindstorms, where the children could practise their programming skills with links made to computer aided manufacturing and robotics and the Royal Highland Education Trust’s full size replica cow “Daisy” who provided a focus for conversation around sustainability and 21st century farming .

There was a chance to experience Skills Development Scotland’s Magic Mirror, build mechanical fingers, explore the science behind a steam powered boat and even make electricity from an apple. Dundee and Angus college challenged our perceptions around childcare and Young Enterprise Scotland helped open up think about “What I can be?”. Evidence of the success was gathered in more than one way… including the Dundee Science centre’s STEM ambassadors who helped us dust for prints CSI style.

When asked about the impact of the event children remarked it had been fun, they liked the activities and it gave them ideas about doing different jobs. Many commented about feeding back to their schools, talking to parents and holding similar events.

Whilst the children engaged in the day’s activities, Perth and Kinross practitioners and some parents were working hard too, discussing the career education standards and issues around developing the young workforce in schools with Quality Improvement Officer John Devine and Fiona MacKay from Perth and Kinross council.

Remarks from this group included: The event could be replicated with our own local partners on a cluster basis; There is significant potential for us to link with the many local businesses we have in our locality; and working with parents could support schools to develop links with employers through parental contacts.

Partners for this event included, Skills Development Scotland, Young Enterprise Scotland, Generation Science, Young Engineer from The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), STEM ambassadors from the Dundee Science centre, Dundee and Angus College. Our thanks to all of them for the fantastic opportunities that they provided to the children.

Our thank also extend to the staff at the Community Campus for their warm welcome and providing a great facility for Partners and Children on the day.

Next event:  3 September, Elgin Town Hall, Moray; Focus:  Equalities and Inclusion

Standards for Work Placement and Careers Education (3-18) – Have your say

Meaningful and productive school employer partnerships are key to Developing the Young Workforce.  To support this, overarching guidance on school employer partnerships is currently being developed by Scottish Government with Education Scotland and a wide range of partners. This will be underpinned by detailed standards and support materials on areas of work related learning where employers have a role to play. The new standards for Careers Education (3-18) and Work Placements are the first of these materials to be developed and we are looking for your views on the work done so far.


Both sets of standards have been co-created with a range of partners from inception and children and young people have been at the very centre of development.  Over 300 young people have been involved in producing the documents so far.  They have shaped the design, tested the language and rationale, and at a recent event, endorsed the latest version of the Work Placements Standard.  Working drafts of both documents, together with a short survey,  are now available on the Education Scotland website and we would really appreciate your feedback.   The survey will close on 3 July 2015.