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Foundation Apprenticeships: Preparing Young People for the World of Work

Foundation Apprenticeships offer young people valuable work-based learning opportunities to develop their skills and employer connections  in order to build their future career pathways.

Learners will now have the option to select a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their senior phase subject choices and complete the qualification over one or two years in collaboration with local learning provider, such as a college and with an employer.

Skills Development Scotland has developed the Foundation Apprenticeship programme, in partnership with education and industry, which now feature  on the senior phase curriculum in most secondary schools in Scotland.  Young people can select a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their subject choices and complete the qualification over one or two years, usually starting in S5 or S6 . This provides them  with a real, practical work placement which will give their career a head start and looks great on their CV.
A Foundation Apprenticeship is a chance to try a career out  to decide if it’s right for them.  Whatever young people want to do after school – straight into work, onto a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship or to college or university – a Foundation Apprenticeship can open up their options.

Watch this clip to find out more about FAs:  youtube.com/scottishapprenticeship

Foundation Apprenticeships are designed by employers to ensure the qualification and skills young people develop throughout are what are needed for the world of work. Employers therefore help shape the next generation of talent and build the skills they require for their future career pathways .   At the same time Foundation Apprenticeships allow employers to spot talented, motivated learners who could become their future employees.

For more information on Foundation Apprenticeships visit  apprenticeships.scot/foundation or follow  @apprentice_scot .

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Download an overview of the key aspects of FAs here:  foundation-apprenticeships-positioning-doc-august-2018

My World of Work: New ‘pathways’ feature support the search for jobs

mywow-pathwaysThere are now more ways for young people to browse pathways and explore potential qualifications routes on Skills Development Scotland’s career information and advice web service, My World of Work.  Senior Service Development Executive Mairi Rule explains how these changes will help young people, and those who support them:

“Our new ‘pathways’ feature is changing the way our users can search for, filter and explore job profiles.   The idea behind them was simple. We grouped all the jobs on the web service into one of six broad pathway groupings based on common high level activities and skills.  We then gave individuals the ability to browse job profiles, and further refine search results, by one of these six pathways.

The six pathway verbs and their descriptors are:

  • Care                       educating and caring for others
  • Create                  creating things and expressing new ideas
  • Discover              exploring problems to find answers
  • Produce               making and fixing things
  • Protect                 defending people’s rights and keeping them safe
  • Support                supporting customers and organising things

These simple groupings provide young people with a new way of exploring jobs that challenge traditional industry stereotypes.

For example, the ‘Create’ pathway shows customers that jobs that involve creative activities can exist in a range of industry areas, such as engineering or information and computing technology.  It’s a great way of showing the range of jobs that could be of interest, broadening horizons and allowing exploration of a wider range of opportunities.  You’ll find the new filters within the My Career Options landing page of My World of Work and within the subject choices tool.

Similar thinking also sits behind our work on qualification routes.  We know that young people in schools, particularly those focusing on passing exams, can find it difficult to understand how the subjects they are studying relate to future careers.

In addition, some young people, parents, carers and employers can be unfamiliar with the current range of available qualifications, and how all of them relate to the world of work.  By introducing new qualifications functionality, we hope to help increase that understanding of the relationship between learning in the classroom and the world of work, as well as highlighting the range of learning opportunities available.

The functionality is above the ‘Getting in’ section of 150 job profiles on My World of Work, allowing users to create personalised qualification routes.

Users can view and select from different types of qualifications, including new work based learning options such as Foundation Apprenticeships, in order to build up multiple routes for one or more careers.  They will also be able to view detailed information about the qualifications that are shown, such as length of study, and select links to related course and apprenticeship information.

At the end of the tool, users can view and print off the routes they’ve created which they can then compare or discuss with their SDS careers adviser, parent, carer or teacher.   If signed in, customers can also save their qualification pathway to the book marks section of their My World of Work account.

We’re continuing to add qualification routes to job profiles, all of which will have the tool by the summer.”

The six new pathways on My Career Options landing page and the Subject Choices tool

To see an example of qualification routes check out https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/my-career-options/accounting-technician

Food and drink action plan targets higher level skills

An action plan aimed at helping Scotland’s food and drink employers attract a new generation of skilled professionals has been launched by the industry.

The Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Food and Drink Sector features a series of measures aimed at helping businesses find fresh talent, develop leadership and management skills, and boost growth through innovation and efficiency.

It aims to build on progress since the publication of the first Skills Investment Plan for the sector in 2012, with the new plan again facilitated by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with industry.

The sector is forecast to need 27,000 entrants over the next 10 years, with an increasing emphasis on higher-skilled and professional positions.

To mark the launch of the plan, seafood producer Dawnfresh this morning welcomed Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing to their plant in Uddingston, where he met with some of the firm’s Modern Apprentices and graduate trainees.

He said: “Scotland has a burgeoning reputation for quality food and drink and the sector is recognised as a key growth area for our economy.

“However, we are aware of the challenges posed by the current economic uncertainty, particularly in the wake of the Brexit vote. It is vital that the Scottish Government, together with industry and stakeholders, are aligned in order to meet these challenges, one of which is continuing access to the skills and talent required to deliver projected growth.

“I welcome the launch of this Skills and Investment Plan for the Food and Drink industry, which will increase access to training and development opportunities and support innovation across the sector.”

Scotland’s food and drink sector has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, with 17,500 firms employing nearly 120,000 people, generating annual sales of £14.4billion.

Dawnfresh has a proud track record in developing its own talent.

The firm, which employs more than 600 people, has taken on nearly 300 Modern Apprentices since 2012 and has its own academy which focuses on management and leadership skills, including graduate and internship programmes, as well as apprenticeships.

Chairman Alastair Salvesen CBE said: “Dawnfresh has a long-term commitment towards developing the skills of our employees and encouraging lifelong learning.

“This has clear benefits for Dawnfresh as it creates a team of skilled, loyal and empowered people who can drive growth and innovation.

“This is a major factor in the future of Dawnfresh and we are pleased to see these values reflected in the new Skills Investment Plan.”

More than 5000 people have started Modern Apprenticeships in frameworks related to the food and drink sector since 2012 – an increase of 60 per cent.

There are now 250 Food & Drink Ambassadors engaging with schools and attending careers events to promote the industry and the diverse range of jobs available, and new Modern Apprenticeship frameworks have been introduced in Food Manufacturing Excellence and Aquaculture Technical.

Neville Prentice, Senior Director of Service Development and Delivery at SDS said: “There is a growing demand within Scotland’s food and drink sector for the higher level skills that will allow employers to boost productivity, improve efficiency and make use of new technologies.

“Workforce development is central to fulfilling this demand, and also to help employers deal with the uncertainties arising from factors such as Brexit.

“The new Skills Investment Plan offers a framework through which we can invest in the future of the sector and help businesses of all sizes grasp opportunities for growth in an increasingly global and competitive marketplace.”

The plan was also welcomed by James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink.

He said: “The creation of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership has brought a renewed focus to the skills agenda, one of the fundamental building blocks of our strategy.

“Our partners in the public sector and private sector are crystal clear that we need to increase our investment in – and, crucially, our commitment to – skills development.

“The priorities of the Skills Investment Plan reflect the issues faced by employers across the sector and offer a framework for action that could deliver real and lasting benefits to the industry.”

The Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s Food and Drink Sector is available to download at www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/media/40095/3093-sds-food-and-drink-sip-digital-v3-11.pdf

SDS Programme: My World of Work Live

Louise Chisholm is Programme Manager of Skills Development 11117-sds-lego-045 Scotland’s My World of Work Live! She talks about its success so far in inspiring young people and teachers when it comes to STEM careers, and some of the exciting partnerships it involves.

Scotland has a world-leading reputation in a range of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries including life sciences, chemical sciences, games technology, astrophysics and cosmology.

But 45% of employers currently face difficulties recruiting STEM-skilled staff and 59% expect difficulty in the next three years. Women, ethnic minority groups and those with additional support needs are all under-represented in STEM related roles.

We need to prepare our young people as the STEM leaders of tomorrow and ensure Scotland’s STEM industries continue to deliver economic prosperity with opportunities for all to flourish.sds_myworldofworklive_43

My World of Work Live! is one of the ways Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is helping to do just that.

What we do

 My World of Work Live! is a set of interactive exhibits and activities designed to inspire young people’s interest in STEM careers.

Every free, fun My World of Work Live! experience is about hands-on learning – building, making, designing – and makes the best use of the latest technology to engage and inspire.

Our team brings STEM out of the classroom and into real life and helps young people, parents, carers and teachers understand the breadth of opportunity STEM careers offer and the variety of pathways into STEM industries.

The programme’s in locations where young people experience the world of STEM such as science centres and other venues. Current locations are Glasgow Science Centre, National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Digital Studio and Careers Lab at the SDS Careers Centre in Inverness and Mareel Arts Centre in Lerwick.

Our core audience is young people aged between 10 and 15, especially those who may be making subject choices.

Young people develop their career management skills and will make links between the world of work and what they’re learning in the classroom. That learning can continue after their visit as teachers can access a wealth of accompanying learning resources on our award-winning career information and advice web service My World of Work.

Industry partners

All of those working on My World of Work Live! have a passion for industry, education and learning.

We work with partners who share our goals and our delivery approach provides ways of engaging with young people that they are familiar with.

We have already developed a Minecraft Careers World in partnership with education consultancy Immersive Minds, and this month announced our status as the first LEGO® Education Innovation studio in Scotland.

We’ve teamed up with CITB, Heriot-Watt University and Animmersion on virtual reality careers activities and are working on exciting activities with Clyde Space and global thought leader the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

 

Positive feedback

Our feedback from young people has been fantastic, with 97% of pupils we spoke to between April and September 2016 saying they are more likely to think about studying science subjects or technology at school, with 94% more likely to look for more information about jobs and careers in science and technology.

Understanding and supporting parents, carers and teachers as key influencers of young people who’re making decisions about their future is an integral part of our programme.

We offer CPD for teachers, many of whom have reported to us that My World of Work Live! helped their  understanding of STEM jobs and what they involve, and 100% telling us My World of Work Live! is likely to increase pupils’ enthusiasm for STEM related lessons.

After one of our sessions for parents and carers one happy parent commented: ‘It makes these careers more accessible at an earlier age, it’s a fab thing.’

This month we held our first events aimed specifically at parents and carers at our My World of Work Live! venues in Inverness and Shetland. The workshops were delivered in partnership with SSE to allow an insight into the breadth of careers on offer in the energy sector in the North of Scotland, and how apprenticeships have a vital part to play.

This work supports that of our dedicated Careers Advisers in schools, centres and community venues across Scotland.

To find out more about My World of Work Live! and to access booking details for your school group check out myworldofwork.co.uk/live

SDS: Help with subject choices

The subjects your child chooses at school can have an impact on sds-in-school-infographics-aw2what they can study at college or university and what jobs they can go for in the future.

Skills Development Scotland careers advisers are available in schools for one-to-one sessions with pupils making early subject choices.

Building career management skills, these sessions aim to prepare young people to make confident, informed subject choices.

The careers adviser will support the young person to explore the impact of choices, understand what or who is influencing them and discuss the support offered by My World of Work’s subject choices tool.

Parents and teachers can get involved in this discussion or at another time.

My World of Work is packed with tools, information and resources to help young people with answering key questions and putting together a shortlist of subjects they can discuss with their parents, carers, teachers and careers adviser.

There’s also information for parents and carers on supporting their child at subject choice time.

Find out more about SDS careers services in schools

Go to myworldofwork.co.uk

Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships allow young people to get a head start in their career by knowledge and skills that are applied in the workplace – all before they’ve left school.

Sitting a Foundation Apprenticeship takes two years, usually starting in fifth year and is studied alongside National 5s and Highers. The difference is spending time out of school at college and with a top employer, so pupils get real, hands-on experience of the world of work.

It’s a chance to gain an industry-recognised qualifications (set at SQCF level 6) that opens up options for young people when they leave school.

Foundation Apprenticeships in ten subjects – including software development, healthcare, financial services and engineering – are available to pupils going into S5.

Find out more

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

 

Helping you to help pupils make subject to career connections

sharon-orourkeSharon O’Rourke, Skills Development Scotland

Helping young people make connections between what they are learning in classrooms and the world of work they’ll enter when they leave school has been brought into sharp focus by Building the Curriculum 4, the Career Education Standard and of course, Developing the Young Workforce.

Embedding career information and advice web service My World of Work into lessons, using SDS’s newly developed ‘lesson inserts’, is our way of helping you to make that connection for young people without needing to be a career expert yourself.

What are lesson inserts?

Lesson inserts are our answer to the common pupil question ‘why are we doing this?’

Co-created with teachers, for teachers, these are short, easy-to-use and adaptable activities, linking curriculum topics to careers by using the wealth of information on My World of Work.

The lesson inserts use the ‘plan on a page’ format. All essential information is in one place, brief and to the point, so you don’t need a lot of preparation time to use them; just pick it up and it’s ready to go. They are also flexible enough for teachers to expand or shorten the activities to meet the needs of their lesson.

How it works in practice

The short activities set out a range of ways to help young people make career connections.

These could be links to a job profile or film lasting only a few minutes featuring a person working in a certain career. For example during a biology lesson on dissection, a link to the job profile for a pathologist has a handy video showing the job in action.

Alternatively, individual or group exercises can encourage deeper careers research by perhaps asking pupils to complete a quiz or worksheet which requires searching My World of Work for the answers.

Or perhaps the activity might be given as homework to pupils to research jobs on My World of Work that are related to your subject with an action to discuss any common skills across them all in your next lesson.

At Whitburn Academy, Computing Science teachers are using the lesson inserts to show pupils and their parents how vital the subject is across a variety of careers. They are designing activities that mix careers research with practical programming activities to show the link to modern day jobs, such as Web or Games design, as well as the part programming plays in more traditional trades, such as electrician. This encourages young people to understand the breadth of opportunity their subject offers.  The teachers used the subject choice tool to research careers information for their lesson inserts, which they said increased their confidence to promote the subject in school and at parents’ evenings.

Keeping it current

As you know, My World of Work is part of the range of support on offer from Skills Development Scotland.

The information it holds is regularly updated, ensuring pupils are always accessing the most up-to-date information possible.

Using links to My World of Work helps young people develop career management skills and widens their career horizons as they become more informed about the career choices available to them.

Using My World of Work also provides the opportunity for teachers to build their career intelligence, whilst increasing their knowledge of what’s available on the site from the perspective, not just of a teacher, but as an individual, and perhaps as a parent as well.

Get Involved

We are still early in the process of creating lesson inserts, and are keen to work with teachers across all subjects to create more.

Examples of the lesson inserts that have recently been developed with teachers can be found in the partner area of My World of Work.

If you’re not registered or haven’t used the range of resources we have for teachers on My World of Work, why not sign up as a partner today and get involved?

The partner development and integration (PD&I) team at SDS are here to support you every step of the way. We really believe that these lesson inserts can be a useful, inspiring tool to support learning in your classroom.

We all want to see young people go on to successful and fulfilling careers when they leave school.

These lesson inserts are another way for us all to support them to do just that.

If you’d like to get involved email sharon.orourke@sds.co.uk

My World of Work Ambassadors Programme

My World of Work’ Ambassadors programme is a free, easy-to-run programme with ready-made resources that provides career education benefits for pupils, teachers, parents, carers and the wider school community.

Ambassadors act as champions for Skills Development Scotland’s award-winning career information and advice web service My World of Work, helping spread the word of the support it offers to their friends, fellow pupils, teachers, parents and carers.

If you haven’t used My World of Work before, it’s a fantastic resource, packed with tools, advice and information empowering users to make informed, confident career decisions.    My World of Work complements the Career Management Skills framework and Career Education Standard. There are also dedicated partner and parent sections equipping teachers, parents and carers with resources, information and advice to support young people with career decisions.

Initially trialled with a number of schools as a pilot project in 2014, the programme has developed in collaboration with teachers and pupils and is now available to all secondary schools.

The benefits for pupils

By volunteering to be an Ambassador, pupils gain valuable experience and skills that are transferable to the world of work.

They’ll improve at problem solving, taking the lead, planning and organising, working as part of a team, communicating with people and of course, gaining a deeper understanding of their own career management skills.

Their experiences can be used to contribute to wider achievement awards, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards as well as adding weight to profiles, CVs and UCAS applications.

We all know how important that real life experience can be, and the advantage it offers young people.

You only have to read the story of one of our first Ambassadors Michael Clark, whose experiences as part of the programme helped him to land a Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship.

He was told during his interview for the job that the experience he gained as an Ambassador ‘stuck out’ giving him ‘amazing’ additions to his CV.

The benefits of this programme aren’t restricted to pupils though; teachers and the wider school community also stand to gain.

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Ambassadors are in-house experts on My World of Work.

They’re a resource for teachers, other pupils, parents, carers and support staff to get help making the most of the web service.

By promoting My World of Work and career management skills across the whole school, Ambassadors also contribute towards the delivery of national frameworks Developing the Young Workforce, the Career Education Standard, How Good is Our School 4 and of course, Curriculum for Excellence.

It also offers schools the chance to showcase pupil achievements in newsletters, on social media, in local media and at awards ceremonies.

The benefits for teachers

The programme also supports the continuing professional development of teachers.

The lead teacher or teachers can raise their profile inside and outside of school, as well as improve their networks, depending on the types of events that are organised.

It also offers the opportunity to gain experience outside of subject area expertise, particularly in leadership, project management, communication and the delivery of events.

Getting started

Teachers can find all the resources for the My World of Work Ambassadors programme in their My World of Work account as long as they are registered as a partner.

The scale of the programme can be adapted to suit individual schools and resources, and we’re already seeing some great examples of best practice.

At St Paul’s RC Academy in Dundee, Ambassadors are supporting S1 pupils after their move from primary school to create their own My World of Work accounts, and promoting the career education tools for primary 5 to 7 pupils with cluster primary schools.

The principle teacher responsible for Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) at St Andrews & St Brides High School in South Lanarkshire is ensuring succession management by running small groups of Ambassadors across the senior phase, ensuring expertise is retained as part of the culture of learning.

At Alva Academy in Clackmannanshire, the intention is to have one ‘lead’ Ambassador and up to 20 ‘subject’ Ambassadors to help link faculties and subjects directly to the extensive resources within My World of Work.

We also have a number of schools who prefer to start off ‘small’ with just a couple of Ambassadors to promote My World of Work at parents’ events. The important thing is that the programme works for the school and its pupils.

shirley-davison-pdiIf you have questions about getting started or want to find out more please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on shirley.davison@sds.co.uk

 

SDS news: Labour market low down for parents

PSDS In-School Infographics AW2arents have been getting the lowdown on the labour market as part of special careers events at two North Lanarkshire schools.

Coltness High School and Airdrie Academy worked with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on the events for parents and carers whose children were making subject choices.

The events – attended by more than 200 people – were part of work to expand SDS career information, advice and guidance services in schools.

Find out more about the events, and read about calls from the National Parent Forum of Scotland to parents and carers to make the most of the careers services changes.

 

 

Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) reviews

The CIAG team has redesigned the review model to reflect initiatives that have been introduced recently. These include the roll out of the SDS enhanced service delivery of CIAG services across the country, the implementation of the Career Education Standard and the publication of the Work Placement Standard for schools and colleges.

In addition, the outcome from the CIAG review grades, for the quality element Capacity to Improve, will now form part of the evidence base for demonstrating progress in the National Improvement Framework priority:

  • to improve employability skills and sustained positive school leaver destinations for all young people.

The next set of CIAG reviews have been agreed and will commence in September in Highlands region. Following this review there will be reviews in:

  • Renfrewshire.
  • South Lanarkshire.
  • Midlothian.
  • Dundee.

Follow-up reviews, which occur 18 months after the initial full CIAG review will take place in:

  • Clackmannanshire.
  • North Lanarkshire.
  • Shetland.
  • Scottish Borders.
  • Glasgow.

The reports from the full CIAG reviews can be found on the Education Scotland website at: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/inspectionandreview/reports/othersectors/careersservices/index.asp