Developing the Young Workforce

St Stephen’s High has developed a holistic approach to career education for learners at all levels in order to equip them with the necessary skills to fully realise their aspirations in life.

Using the Career Education Standard (CES) we have embedded the entitlements for our young people into our school curriculum. In partnership with stakeholders and parents, learners are fully engaged in maximizing opportunities to enhance career education across all aspects of learning. This includes initiatives such as:

  • Business lunches
  • STEM projects S1-S6
  • Personal Learning Pathways (PLP’s)
  • Extended Work Placements
  • Skills month across various curricular areas
  • MWOW Ambassador programme
  • S6 Career programme
  • College vocation programmes
  • Enterprise initiatives

St Stephen’s High has also developed an ‘Employer Partnership’ database, in order to enhance the quality and scope of experiences for learners around the world of work. As a result, young people have had the opportunity to visit local businesses and engage in work shadowing or extended work placements. They could practice interview skills and CV writing and find out about careers, including Modern Apprenticeships, through career evenings, talks, 1-1 sessions and enterprise activities.

Integral to this new approach at St Stephen’s was the engagement of staff. Career-long professional learning (CLPL) opportunities were on offer through in-service days and dedicated collegiate time to collaborate with stakeholders in order to co-ordinate and enhance work based learning opportunities.

Useful Links

Website Link
My World of Work https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/
West College Scotland https://www.westcollegescotland.ac.uk/
Skills Development Scotland https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/
Apprenticeships https://www.apprenticeships.scot/
Student Awards Agency https://www.saas.gov.uk/
Careers Information PlanitPlus https://www.planitplus.net/

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