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East Ayrshire Council: ‘Learn 4 Work’ Challenge

Learn 4 Work is an innovative project in East Ayrshire where pupils come off-timetable for 3 days and work within a challenge group to produce a solution to a real life business challenge. This allows young people in 4th year to experience the world of work whilst in a school setting.

We are looking for a variety of businesses to get involved and commit to setting a business challenge for a group of young people within one of the participating schools. You must be able to launch your challenge on the morning of day one and visit again on the afternoon of day three to hear the group’s response. This is the minimum time required but you are also welcome to offer more input if in a position to do so.

Each challenge group will comprise of approximately 20-30 young people and they will work together over the three days to produce a solution for the challenge set. Your business challenge should be unique to your business but previous examples include: developing a new soft drink, reducing food waste, promoting a newly refurbished hotel, improving customer service experience and creating a recruitment campaign.

Dates for 2018 are as follows:

  • Grange Academy, Kilmarnock- Wednesday 2nd May to Friday 4th May
  • Loudoun Academy, Galston- Wednesday 9th May to Friday 11th May
  • Stewarton Academy- Tuesday 22nd May to Thursday 24th May

To get involved email:  emcclymont@ayrshire-chamber.org

Access last year’s innovative solutions here.

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.