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More funding for young farmers: £20 000 to promote careers in farming

young-farmersAdditional funding to raise interest in careers in farming among Scotland’s young people has been announced by the Rural Economy Secretary.

During a statement to Parliament, Mr Ewing announced that Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYF) has been awarded £20,000 to create a peer support network in rural communities to support Scotland’s young farmers. The funding will be used to:

  • Complement existing careers advice for young people so that more choose subjects and courses at school and beyond that lead to careers in farming and food production
  • Add value to existing activities which explain routes into working in farming and food production
  • Provide mentoring and buddying for young people taking on or starting a farm

This funding is in addition to the nearly £10.5 million we have already committed to existing formal initiatives with organisations, such as the Royal Highland Educational Trust, LANTRA and Scotland’s Rural College to encourage more of our young people to see farming and food production as a rewarding career choice.

Mr Ewing said:

“Supporting and encouraging the next generation of farmers is a key priority to help build growth in our rural economy and create thriving communities. In my many conversations with people involved in farming and food production across Scotland, a recurrent theme is the need to encourage children and young people to recognise that a career in farming and food production is a good choice to make.

“I am therefore pleased to announce today additional funding of £20,000 to Scottish Association of Young Farmers to support them to create a peer support network so that young people can provide the sort of informal support directly to other young people that we know can make a positive difference.

“With the average age of our farmers now at 58, it is vital that we continue to explore all possible ways to encourage and support more of our young people to choose a career in farming and food production, to ensure that we can continue to drive forward Scotland’s rural economy.” 

Sarah Allison, Chair, SAYFC said:

“SAYFC welcome this investment from the Scottish government in the future members of Scottish agriculture. It is testimony to the hard work of Sayfc staff and members who have worked hard to promote Sayfc as an organisation who can lead the way for young people starting out on the agricultural pathway and we look forward to working with Scottish government on implementing this project.”


SLF 2016: DYW and skills featured highly!

slf2016_162The SLF is over for another year and what a great 2 days it was! More than 4500 delegates enjoyed a wide variety of professional learning opportunities on offer from the 110 conference sessions and more than 175 exhibitors.  All the keynote sessions were recorded and are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

With 18 directly related seminars, two discussion sessions and explicit references in the keynote address by the Depute First Minister, Mr Swinney, DYW was again high on the agenda at this year’s  festival.  Some of the content will be available via our interesting prcaskieberran-psactice exemplars (see eg. Caskieberran Primary School) .

Planning for SLF 2017 is already underway so make sure you save the dates in your diary, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September 2017! If you have any feedback on this year’s event send us an email.

Sky Academy: Developing skills of young people across Scotland

sky_academy_logoSky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston is providing an young people with a unique interactive learning experience to enhance skills for learning, life and work in the brand new facilities at the Livingston Campus.

This free half day session gives young people between the ages of 8-18 the opportunity to use cutting edge technology to make their very own TV report based on a subject area of your choice.

During the hands-on studio experience, students use their creativity and teamwork skills to write, produce and direct their own short news bulletin.

Teachers can register at teachers.sky.com

Sky Academy Skills Studios is part of Sky Academy, a set of initiatives that use the power of TV, creativity and sport to support one million young people in building practical skills and experience by 2020.

Take a look online (Sky.com/skills) to find out more about Sky Academy Skills Studios and book now on Sky.com/teachers or call us on 01506 325 999.

Download the Sky Academy Flyer here:  skills-studios-livingston-flyer

Community resilience networking event

Date: Monday 31st October 2016

Time: 09:00 (for 09:25 start) – 15:00

Venue: Celtic Park, London Road, Glasgow, G40 3RE

Target audience: P4 – 7 and secondary teachers with an interest in geography/social studies/health and wellbeing/science and resilience professionals who are looking to engage schools in activities relating to flooding, extreme weather, climate change and other community resilience issues.

This is a unique opportunity that will encourage meaningful employer involvement, supporting the work of the Developing the Young Workforce agenda.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage learners with their local environment supporting work around learning for sustainability.



We would be delighted if you were able to join us on the day.

To find out what was discussed at the last event click here

Making connections: Numeracy & Mathematics and the world of work

The following materials will be of interest to anyone who would like to explore connections between numeracy/mathematics and the world of work. It includes an interactive financial education resource, Money Talks, an article on how mathematics is used in the workplace from the Mathematics Association of America and Citizen Maths, a site for people who want to become more confident in using maths at work and in life.     There are also links to the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub, a virtual learning environment for all practitioners and a copy of the latest Numeracy and Mathematics Resource Guide.


What Could I Be? … in Food Production

Scottish Food & Drink Federation and SRUC have developed this great poster outlining the breadth of career opportunities and chain of jobs involved in food production at Castelton Farm.

SFDF castelton farm poster

Looking for activities or discussion points with pupils?

Research what you could earn from doing the jobs identified on the poster.

Think of your favourite food. Can you create a career map demonstrating who is involved in creating your favourite food?

What food production is happening in your local area? Can you develop a food provenance map for your area and share on GLOW?

How does this link to the career standards?

Page 15 – 17 of  DYW Career Standards identifies the ‘I can’ statements for each level.





SLF 2016: DYW related seminars

SLF logoThis year’s Scottish Learning Festival offers a wide variety of seminars around DYW covering key issues such as curriculum pathways from 3-18, STEM, gender equalities, CLD, school/employer partnerships.  Seminars will have direct inputs from practitioners, showcasing the practical implementation of DYW across all levels.

Outline of seminars:

Wednesday, 21 Sept:

Title Presenters Room/ Time
What does DYW look like in a secondary school? Gib McMillan, Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh Carron 1,9.30
Building the STEMpire: Jon Reid, Larbert HS, Falkirk Ness, 9.30
Full STEAM Ahead! Using STEAM as a context to enrich learning Joanne Jarvie,  Thornton PS, Fife Ness,  12.30
Young Workforce Development at Kibble Eileen Cummings, Kibble Education and Care Centre Carron 1, 12.30
Aligning the curriculum Karen Corbett, Education Scotland Morar, 14.00
A partnership approach to recognising achievements Mandy Toogood, Education Scotland Alsh 2, 14.00
DYW in early years and primary school Karyn Wise and Sarah Cloy, Caskieberran Primary School, Fife. Carron 1 15.15
An integrated approach to employability Peter Smith, Wallace High School Alsh 1, 15.15
Tailored work placement opportunities Margaret Murray, Gary Condie, Abigail Kinsella and Leith Pepin, Glasgow City Council Carron 1, 16.15

Thursday, 22 Sept:

Title Presenters Room/ Time
Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce – How we do it? Margaret Craw, Dalziel High School, North Lanark.+ Braeview Acad. Dundee Carron 1,  9.30
Career Education Standard (3-18) – where are we now? Ken Edwards (SDS), Dean Smith (Mearns Castle High School), Carron 1, 10.45
Keynote Seminar:

Curriculum Pathways 3-18

Joan MacKay and Carol MacDonald, Education Scotland Lomond Audit., 11.15.
Professional discussion Joan MacKay (DYW programme lead, ES) Main Stand, 13.00
 Exploring gender stereotyping and subject choices… Charlotte Govan, Institute of Physics/Education Scotland Carron 1, 12.00
Let’s get work ready Liz Prosser, Meldrum Academy, Aberdeenshire Ness,  12.00
STEM in the early years Mark Irwin,   Glasgow City Council Dochart 1, 12.00
Inspiring learning through STEM & creative industries Gayle Martin-Brown, Camelon Education Centre, Falkirk Council Ness,  13.15
Engineering your Curriculum Susan Scurlock, Primary Engineering Morar, 13.15

Download a detailed programme of all seminars here:  dyw-related-seminars-at-slf-16-2

You can also speak to staff from Education Scotland and Scottish Government about any issues related to DYW at the Education Scotland stand in the centre of the exhibition area. However if you wish to speak to Joan MacKay or other staff involved DYW programme work why not join us at the stand on Thursday at 1pm.

Organisations  that will provide further information around employability and enterprise at their stand within the exhibition area  include Skills Development Scotland, Scotland’s Enterprising Schools, SQA .

For more information on the whole conference visit the SLF website.


‘Closing the gap’ between education and employment, by Anthony Mann

Edu and Skills blogThis latest blog from Anthony Mann focuses on the European dimension of the link between education and employability.  It identifies employer engagement in education as a key issues in tackling the skills gap.

Government priority objectives across European countries include:

  • Tackling skills shortage/skills mismatch
  • Improving youth skills relevant to dynamic labour market demand
  • Harnessing community resources to improve attainment
  • Putting coherent pathways in place for young people moving through educational and training provision
  • Addressing inequalities in outcomes, promoting social mobility and challenging gender stereotyping.

For more information on this include OECD reports see visit the Education & Skills Today blog.

Also relevant in this context is Mann’s report key_issues_in_employer_engagement_in_education_anthony_mann‘ which specifically relates to the Scottish context. .

‘Making Education your Business’ – a five step guide to school/employer partnerships

MEYB CBIThis new guide developed by teachers and businesses together with the Royal Society in response to its call for closer collaboration between education, industry and academia.  It aims to provide support school or college-employer partnerships mainly through the lens of STEM.  The guide sets out 5 simple steps for companies planning to engage with education or extend their educational partnerships along side a number of case studies that highlight key features of a successful, mutually beneficial educational scheme.

You can access the ‘Making education your business’ guide here.