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Interesting practice exemplar: St Andrew’s Secondary School – weaving employability into the senior phase curriculum

St Andrew’s RC Secondary School in Glasgow has adopted an innovative approach to their senior phase curriculum design which includes an employability stand  alongside a two year Higher and traditional pathway model from S4 to S6.

The following document and presentation sets out the importance of this particular design feature, the challenges the school faced and the lessons they are learning from the ongoing evaluations of their curriculum design. Evidence about success of the design focuses on improved outcomes for young people.

Other senior phase curriculum models can be accessed on the National Improvement Hub here.  Support materials around senior phase design are now also available on the hub here.

Also noteworthy is the radical curriculum design at Craigroyston Community High School which unapologetically focuses on learner destination only. More on this here, as well as in this  presentation at the SFL 2017:  Craigroyston CHS.  There are also tangible links with the Scottish Attainment Challenge and PEF documented here.

 

 

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.

Making Skills Work: Promoting Apprenticeships

apprenticeshipsSkills Development Scotland (SDS) is working with employers, training providers and partners to co-ordinate events and activity throughout autumn to promote apprenticeships and the benefits of work based learning.

At the events pupils will have the chance to experience exclusive demonstrations from local employers and apprentices. These sessions will provide an insight as to the benefits of apprenticeships and the career opportunities provided by work based learning.

Aimed at pupils from S2 to S4, the events will help inform pupils when making choices about their future. Click here for the full list of events. For more information or queries please contact Lauren Sweeney

Tackling inequalities in apprenticeships

BGE ASN3 PWP_7084More young people from diverse backgrounds will benefit from Modern Apprenticeship opportunities thanks to a new action plan from the national skills body.

 

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has launched its Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland.

The five-year plan sets out action SDS and partner organisations will take to address the low numbers of young people from ethnic minority backgrounds, young disabled people and care leavers entering Modern Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship areas where there are gender imbalances, for example females in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related apprenticeships will also be tackled by the plan.

The Equalities Action Plan follows the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce (DYW) report which set an ambitious target of increasing the number of Modern Apprentices in Scotland from 25,000 to 30,000 by 2021.

The report also laid out a set of recommendations around increasing apprenticeship participation from under-represented groups.

For more information visit the SDS website