SQA Public Health Advice

As we move towards the beginning of the formal exam period on Tuesday, we know centres may have questions around public health guidance in relation to COVID-19.

This email provides advance information on the Scottish Government’s public health guidance, which is set to change in Scotland from 1 May, as well as an update on the Examination Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service.

Public Health Guidance

For exams taking place before 1 May, the current public health guidance remains in place with PCR testing available for individuals who are symptomatic, and contact tracing and isolation guidance also remaining in place. Population wide asymptomatic testing (LFD universal offer) ended in mid-April, including in schools.

What is changing from 1 May?

From 1 May, advice to people with respiratory symptoms including COVID-19 will change in Scotland in line with the Test and Protect Transition Plan published on 15 March 2022. The general public will no longer be advised to seek a test if symptomatic.

From 1 May, people with symptoms of respiratory illness in Scotland, including COVID-19, will be asked to follow general public health guidance which will be available on 1 May. As set out on the Public Health Scotland website, this new guidance will be published on NHS Inform and will broadly align with the current UKHSA ‘Stay at Home’ Advice.

Information for parents, carers and learners

We understand that parents and carers may be anxious about the impact public health guidance may have on whether learners should attend exams if they feel unwell, and we know that many will look to you for advice. To that end we encourage you to use the following information with your networks:

The exams taking place over the next six weeks are a chance for all learners to demonstrate their hard work, skills and knowledge.

Please continue to follow public health guidance, including during the exam period.

The Scottish Government’s current public health guidance remains in place up to and including 30 April.  This asks individuals to self-isolate if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID and to book a PCR test.

However, as per the Test and Protect Transition Plan published on 15 March 2022, public health guidance is set to change in Scotland from 1 May.

As set out on the Public Health Scotland website, this new guidance will be published on NHS Inform on 1 May and will broadly align with the current UKHSA ‘Stay at Home’ advice that asks children and young people to stay at home if they have a high temperature and feel unwell.

It is important that you speak to the school/college if you cannot attend the exam for any reason so that you get the advice and support you need on next steps.

More information about attending exams can be found in ‘Your Exams 2022’ on the SQA website.

Updated COVID Information for Parents/Carers

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week – Focus on Construction

Please see below a series of Construction based webinar events organised through DYW and Lanarkshire local and national businesses. The Webinars are available for all to attend and will be aimed to promote working in that sector. All sessions will also be interactive to allow feedback and a Q&A at the end of the session.

Wednesday Session Guide
What time? What is it? Who is presenting? What’s it about? Administrator
Period 1:

09.10 – 09.40

Finding your dream job!

 

Hadden Group There are hundreds of different job roles in the construction sector, how will you find your dream job? The Hadden group will help you on your way. Anna Louise Cairney

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07563026420

Email: acairney@dywled.org

Period 2:

10.00 – 10.30

What is an apprenticeship?

 

McTaggart Construction

Ross Hammell

What is an apprenticeship, what are the benefits of being an apprentice and how much do they get paid? Find out all about apprenticeships and whether they are the right route for you into employment Anna Louise Cairney

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07563026420

Email: acairney@dywled.org

 

Period 3:

11.00 – 11.30

Introducing the apprentice Family

 

McTaggart Construction

Ross Hammell

Modern apprenticeships are not the only way to train and prepare for a job. Find out more about modern apprenticeships as well as graduate and foundation apprenticeships Anna Louise Cairney

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07563026420

Email: acairney@dywled.org

Period 4:

11.50 – 12.20

900 Jobs in Construction

 

McTaggart Construction

Ross Hammell

Construction jobs involve more than just what you see on a building site. There is a huge range of career choices in the industry. These involve designing, planning and project management, as well as doing the hands-on, practical work. Anna Louise Cairney

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07563026420

Email: acairney@dywled.org

 

Period 5:

13.30 – 14.00

A day in the life of an Environmental Consultant

 

SWECO, design, engineering, environment & regulatory consultancy Find out about the job of an Environmental Consultant helping to address environmental issues such as water pollution, air quality, and soil contamination. Anna Louise Cairney

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07563026420

Email: acairney@dywled.org

Period 6:

14.15 – 14.45

Anna Louise Cairney

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07563026420

Email: acairney@dywled.org

 

 

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2022 Daily Session Guide

Thursday Session Guide
What time? What is it? Who is presenting? What’s it about? Administrator
Period 1:

09.10 – 09.40

How to smash an Interview! Hadden Group You’ve found your dream job but how are you going to make sure you get it ahead of anyone else? The Hadden Group will give you tips on how to nail and interview Scott Purdon

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07514 644807

Email: spurdon@dywled.org

Period 2:

10.00 – 10.30

Introduction to Soil Engineering, Ground Investigation, Drilling and Grouting Garry Kennedy Soil Engineering Coatbridge

 

Garry from Soil Engineering will introduce you to the career opportunities in ground investigation, drilling and grouting Scott Purdon

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07514 644807

Email: spurdon@dywled.org

Period 3:

11.00 – 11.30

Civil Engineering in Practice in North Lanarkshire

 

AECOM Civil Engineering. Catriona McGeechan, Martin Stewart, and apprentice civil engineer Chris McGeown This session will provide a Civil Engineering overview, an introduction to AECOM and how NLC and AECOM are working together to deliver the new road infrastructure required to reduce journey times and traffic congestion and improve air quality in NL. Scott Purdon

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07514 644807

Email: spurdon@dywled.org

Period 4:

11.50 – 12.20

Construction Management via Graduate Apprenticeships Megan McDonald -Morgan Sindall As part of International Women’s Day we will be shining the light on Megan’s journey into construction as a graduate apprentice with Morgan Sindall Scott Purdon

Programme Executive

Developing the Young Workforce

Mobile: 07514 644807

Email: spurdon@dywled.org

Period 5:

13.30 – 14.00

The role of an apprentice and their experiences on a construction project

 

A former apprentice with SWECO, design, engineering, environment & regulatory consultancy What is it actually like working on a construction project? A former apprentice with SWECO will take you through their experiences of working on a project in Glasgow Stuart Aitchison

DYW/Pathways Lead Officer

Education and Families

Mobile: 07971744367

aitchisons@northlan.gov.uk

Period 6:

14.15 – 14.45

How to Become and Architect. The Route from Education to Profession

 

Caitlin MacLeod from Collective Architecture Caitlin will provide an insight into the pathway from school, through university to a career in architecture Stuart Aitchison

DYW/Pathways Lead Officer

Education and Families

Mobile: 07971744367

aitchisons@northlan.gov.uk

 

 

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

DYW Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire are delighted to invite your school community  to take part in our National Apprenticeship Week Event over the week of 7th March.  We have a packed calendar of interactive workshops that will increase awareness of the apprenticeship family, the range of career opportunities available in the construction industry, what these careers involve, pathways into them and support and advice on how young people can find and get the job that is right for them in the industry. To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March we have a number of sessions that day and throughout the week that will highlight Women in Construction. The event is targeted at S1 to S6 pupils.

These sessions and will be delivered by employees and apprentices from construction firms working in Lanarkshire and colleagues from DYW and other partners. Full information on the session content and how to take part are detailed below.

The interactive Apprenticeship Week Timetable below provides and overview of all the sessions taking place during the week of 7th March with a daily session guide for each day providing more detail on the session content.

Each session will be 30 minutes long with presenters from industry delivering a presentation, then taking questions through the chat bar from schools
2022 Timetable

 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

09.10 – 09.40 

What are Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships?

Helen Allison SDS

Career Opportunities in Construction

Hadden Group 

Finding your dream job!

Hadden Group 

How to Smash an Interview! Hadden Group  

 

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10.00 – 10.30 

Behind The Gates – Introduction to Construction

Robertson Construction

International Women’s Day

Women in Construction CCG Trainee Quantity Surveyor Emma Kiely

What is an Apprenticeship?

McTaggart Construction 

Introduction to Soil Engineering, Ground Investigation, Drilling and Grouting

Garry Kennedy

 

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11.00 – 11.30 

Ideal Candidate – How to be best prepared:

Robertson Construction

What is a Civil Engineer?

Shona Hainey from Amey

Introducing the Apprentice Family

McTaggart Construction 

Civil Engineering in Practice in North Lanarkshire

AECOM – Civil Engineering

 

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11.50 – 12.20 

Routes to Apprenticeship in Construction

Robertson Construction

Construction Site Management Graduate Apprentice Robert McLaughlin,

900 Jobs in Construction

McTaggart Construction 

Construction Management via Graduate Apprenticeships

Megan McDonald -Morgan Sindall

 

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13.30 – 14.00 

International Women’s Day

Women in Construction Management via Graduate Apprenticeships

Megan McDonald -Morgan Sindall

A Day in the Life of an Environmental Consultant

SWECO

The role of an apprentice and their experiences on a construction project

SWECO

 

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14.15 – 14.45 

Balfour Beatty’s emerging talent and apprenticeship careers programme – Joseph Druggan

International Women’s Day

Introduction to Surveying

Alana Carey, Graduate Apprentice Surveyor BAM

How to Become and Architect. The Route from Education to Profession

Caitlin MacLeod Collective Architecture

 

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Have your say: Learning, Teaching and Assessment

 

Learning Teaching and Assessment Focus Group

We would like to invite all parents to join in our Have your say event focusing on Learning an Teaching in Taylor High school

Our Second ‘Have Your Say’ fortnight starts week commencing 7th March with a focus on asking parents/carers on their views of the school’s approaches to Learning Teaching and Assessment. We aim to find out about the young person’s experiences within the classroom across all areas of the curriculum. It is important for young people to be aware of the reason for learning, (skills development) and what is expected of them, (success criteria) pupils should be aware of where they are in their learning (assessment) and how to improve (feedback).

We capture this information through an online survey and through an online video discussion group. The information gained from the survey, together with focus group discussions, will shape the teaching policy in Taylor High.

Online discussion forum takes place on Thursday 10th March at 7pm

To sign up to the focus group please click here

Online survey opens today

To complete the online survey click here

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2022

In support of Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2022 running from 7th March 2022 – 11th March 2022 the Vocational Education Team are hosting a number of information sessions on Vocational Education & Foundation Apprenticeships available throughout North Lanarkshire.  This is an excellent opportunity for pupils, parents and employers to find out more about the programmes on offer.

 Each session will be tailored to specific groups to provide information on the programmes currently available, how they work, how they help young people on their career journey and how they help employers to support their future workforce needs. 

 Please see below links for people to attend these insightful sessions, we will communicate these links via the channels within the table below but have provided you with a copy to share with anyone else who may benefit from this.

 

Date

Time

Eventbrite Link

Target Audience

Monday 7th March

2:00pm – 3:00 pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/288480040567 Internal Employers

Tuesday 8th March

6:00pm – 7:00 pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/288495556977 Pupil & Parents

Wednesday 9th March

4:15pm – 5:00pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/288503831727 Secondary School Staff

Thursday 10th March

2:00pm – 3:00pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/288514483587 External Employers

Friday 11th March

2:00pm – 3:00pm https://www.eventbrite.c

Have Your Say

Our first ‘Have Your Say’ fortnight starts next week with a focus on asking parents/carers on their views of the school’s approaches to communication. Effective engagement with parents and carers is a priority for us and we know it is important to you as well. Over the next 2 weeks, we would like to capture your feedback about how well we communicate with parents and carers. We will do this through an online survey, and also through an online video discussion group. The information gained from the survey, together with focus group discussions, will shape how both the school and the parent council communicate with our school community.

ONLINE SURVEY : Please click here to take a few minutes to share your thoughts and give us your feedback, as we’re always looking to improve.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO TAKE PART IN A DISCUSSION GROUP ON MONDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 7-8PM

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