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Developing the Young Workforce wins silver Future Policy Award

October 16, 2019 by No Comments | Category Colleges, Schools, Universities, Young people

Developing the Young Workforce has been recognised with an international policy award.

On Friday 11 October 2019, the World Future Council revealed that Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) was among the policies selected to receive a silver award in what it dubs ‘the Oscar for best policies’ for empowering youth at a ceremony in Geneva on 16 October.

What is Developing the Young Workforce?

Developing the Young Workforce empowers young people by increasing the range and choice of work relevant learning opportunities they can access while in school. This creates an increased breadth of pathways between education and work at a range of different levels.

It brings schools, colleges and employers together with the shared goal of easing the transition from full time education into employment. Young people gain the confidence and skills they need to start work, and employers receive an empowered workforce with the right skills to do the role.

Young people like Fraser. Irvine engineering apprentice Fraser started on his Foundation Apprenticeship at Ayrshire College as a Greenwood Academy pupil, gaining work-based learning at aviation experts GE Caledonian as part of his qualification.

The 18 year-old is now earning and learning while working by landing a Modern Apprenticeship at the firm this year, after impressing with his performance and passion for the job.

Fraser’s passion and commitment during his Foundation Apprenticeship led to him being named Skills Development Scotland Scottish Apprentice of the Year 2018.

Engineering isn’t the only route supported by Developing the Young Workforce – new pathways have been created in areas as diverse as software development, financial services, social care, motorsport and in rural industries.

In March 2018, two senior pupils at Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart joined Forestry Enterprise Scotland as new apprentices after DYW worked with Forestry Enterprise Scotland (FES) on a project to enthuse more young people about a career in forestry.

The pair heard about apprenticeship positions through an awareness campaign run by DYW in schools in Dumfries and Galloway and were successful in gaining apprenticeship places. Throughout the process, DYW facilitated communication between the school and FES to ensure the two pupils were able to complete their exams around their apprenticeship.

Other examples include Lochend Community High School collaborating with local and national business to offer work-related learning opportunities including industry challenge programmes and Foundation Apprentice offers, or Currie High School, which developed a three-year DYW strategy that sees pupils attending career fairs in P7 and S3 to help them make informed choices on navigating subject choice and apprenticeship options through their school career.

Where can I find out more?

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