VET Policy Developments

VET Policy Developments

Scotland

The information below has been extracted from the 2012 policy report survey circulated to the national steering group. This shows examples of policy developments in line with the short-term deliverables of the Bruges Communiqué.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)

Major curriculum reform across the compulsory sector aims to provide flexibility of provision, personalisation and choice for learners.

A new curriculum has been introduced across Scotland in pre-school, through primary school and into secondary school. The first cohort to start an 'upper secondary' assessed curriculum under the CfE reforms which will include IVET opportunities will commence in the 2013-14 diet. This will include learning experiences linked to qualifications and wider experiences and outcomes to support the development of skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.

Visit the Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s websites for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverables:

  1. Organise activities aimed at promoting VET attractiveness and excellence, which may include campaigns and skills competitions;
  2. Support activities, which enable young pupils in compulsory education to become acquainted with vocational trades and career possibilities.

Opportunities for All

Every 16-19 year old in Scotland is offered the guarantee of a place in education or training from January 2012.

This initiative is part of an additional £30 million investment being made by the government in employability projects for young people. This now offers a guaranteed place in learning or training to every 16 to 19 year-old who is not currently in employment, education or training. Securing a place in education or training is considered to significantly improve youth employment prospects for the longer term. Skills Development Scotland (SDS), alongside its key partners including Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), local authorities and Scotland's Colleges, stands ready to ensure that every young person can get themselves started on a positive path into work.

Visit the Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Government’s websites for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverables:

  1. Take preventive and remedial measures to maximise the contribution of VET in combating early leaving from education;
  2. Consider specific measures aimed at raising the participation of low-skilled and other “at risk” groups in education and training, including by developing flexible pathways in C-VET and using appropriate guidance and support services;
  3. Set up structured cooperation mechanisms between VET sector and employment services at all levels (policy and implementation), including social partners.

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE)

Helping employers take on and keep their apprentices in difficult economic times.

The PACE initiative helps businesses facing difficult times manage the situation and try to lessen the negative impact of making redundancies. It looks for alternatives to redundancy such as adopting or safeguarding an apprentice as well as providing advice and guidance to those under threat of redundancy.

Visit the Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Government’s websites for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverables:

  1. Take preventive and remedial measures to maximise the contribution of VET in combating early leaving from education;
  2. In order to maximise the contribution of VET to the "ET2020" 15% benchmark on the participation of adults in lifelong learning, review the use of incentives, rights and obligations for all stakeholders involved, and take appropriate action to encourage participation in C-VET.

Increased Modern Apprenticeship funding

Improving Scotland’s skills base.

This larger funding has raised participation in valued in-employment training programmes to increase the skills of individuals and subsequently Scotland's skills base. Modern Apprenticeships offer people aged over 16 paid employment combined with workplace training and off-the-job learning, in order to gain new and enhanced skills and recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are available across many sectors, not just trades, with the format of training decided by the appropriate vocational qualification for that sector. The higher funding rates have received strong industry support and resulted in a major increase of apprentices from 18,500 new start apprentices in 2009/10 to 26,427 in 2011/12.

Visit the Skills Development Scotland website for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverables:

  1. Take preventive and remedial measures to maximise the contribution of VET in combating early leaving from education;
  2. In order to maximise the contribution of VET to the "ET2020" 15% benchmark on the participation of adults in lifelong learning, review the use of incentives, rights and obligations for all stakeholders involved, and take appropriate action to encourage participation in C-VET;
  3. Governments, social partners and VET providers should make the necessary arrangements to: A. maximise work-based learning, including apprenticeships, in order to contribute to increasing the number of apprentices in Europe by 2012

Putting Learners at the Centre

Delivering ambitions for post-16 education.

The Scottish Government is in the process of reforming the full range of Government-funded post-16 education in Scotland, including higher education, further education and skills. It also extends to community learning amd development which is delivered by local authorities and the Third Sector. Statutory instruments will be implemented, where appropriate, in such areas as widening participation, improving access, retention and progression, increasing apprenticeship starts, modernising careers advice, minimising bureaucracy, reviewing funding models, expanding opportunities for practical experience in post-16 education, reorganising the college sector and making greater use of new technologies.

Visit the Scottish Government’s website for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverables:

  1. Governments, social partners and VET providers should make the necessary arrangements to: A. maximise work-based learning, including apprenticeships, in order to contribute to increasing the number of apprentices in Europe by 2012;
  2. In order to maximise the contribution of VET to the "ET2020" 15% benchmark on the participation of adults in lifelong learning, review the use of incentives, rights and obligations for all stakeholders involved, and take appropriate action to encourage participation in C-VET;
  3. Take preventive and remedial measures to maximise the contribution of VET in combating early leaving from education;
  4. Consider specific measures aimed at raising the participation of low-skilled and other “at risk” groups in education and training, including by developing flexible pathways in C-VET and using appropriate guidance and support services;
  5. Use ICT to maximise access to training and to promote active learning, as well as to develop new methods in both work- and school-based VET, in order to facilitate the participation of “ at risk” groups.

Glow

The world's first national intranet for education, developed exclusively for Scotland’s educational community.

Glow is an ICT source developed by Education Scotland, which includes Game-based Learning. A schools' resource, not developed specifically for VET, but applicable to its delivery. It supports the curriculum, including the Curriculum for Excellence, by providing a trusted and safe environment for pupils, practitioners and parents; a space to create personalised programmes of work and share thinking and curricular resources; a variety of online tools to enhance learning experiences; virtual learning to share information and take part in a lesson; innovation in learning and teaching approaches by engaging and immersing young people in powerful and relevant learning experiences; motivation and support for individualised learning, personalisation and choice.

Visit the Education Scotland website for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverable:

  1. Use ICT to maximise access to training and to promote active learning, as well as to develop new methods in both work- and school-based VET, in order to facilitate the participation of “ at risk” groups.

Articulation Hubs

Widening progression opportunities from FE to HE.

Regional Articulation Hubs are created to improve articulation pathways. These hubs are designed to widen participation in higher education and increase efficiencies of learning at SCQF levels 7 and 8 (HNC and HND and also years 1 and 2 of Bachelor degrees). They provide enhanced opportunities for students with an HNC to enter year 2 of a university degree; and those with an HND to enter year 3 of a university degree.

Visit the Scottish Funding Council’s website for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverable:

  1. Encourage partnerships for creativity and innovation (VET providers, higher education institutions and design, art, research and innovation centres

The UK National Occupational Standards (NOS) Strategy

Developing and building consensus on the NOS strategy in the UK.

The UK National Occupational Standards (NOS) Strategy was agreed by all four UK nations in 2010 and sets out guidelines to ensure the ongoing development and review of the NOS as the basis for assuring the quality and relevance of VET qualifications. It requires employers to be consulted by Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and Awarding Bodies on the knowledge and skills required to carry out workplace functions.

Visit the UKCES’s website for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverable:

  1. Governments, social partners and VET providers should make the necessary arrangements to: B. create opportunities for enhanced cooperation between VET institutions and enterprises (profit and non-profit), for example through traineeships for teachers in enterprises.

Scotland’s National Vacancy Handling Service for youth employment and training

Displaying all apprenticeship vacancies in one place for easy searching.

This service helps young people to find Apprentice and Trainee opportunities and support employers and training providers to target the youth labour market more effectively. The service is expanding fast and run by a small team of Modern Apprentices with the professional support and guidance of The Career Studio and a growing list of partners. ApprenticeshipsinScotland.com has grown quickly and now reaches over 12,500 unique users per month and has over 4000 subscribers. It is the acknowledged main source of youth opportunity information in Scotland and attracts significant referrals from key national channels including Skills Development Scotland’s My World of Work and Young Scot Extra.

Visit the Career Studio’s Apprenticeships in Scotland website for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverables:

  1. Governments, social partners and VET providers should make the necessary arrangements to: A. maximise work-based learning, including apprenticeships, in order to contribute to increasing the number of apprentices in Europe by 2012;
  2. In order to maximise the contribution of VET to the "ET2020" 15% benchmark on the participation of adults in lifelong learning, review the use of incentives, rights and obligations for all stakeholders involved, and take appropriate action to encourage participation in C-VET.

Step Forward Scotland

Assisting entrepreneurship skills through business growth and skills acquisition.

Step Forward Scotland is a new initiative from the Scottish Government, the European Social Fund and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) that is committed to helping Scottish businesses and young people aged between 16 and 19. Entrepreneurship training places are part of this intiative. As part of the Step Forward Scotland initiative, SDS are providing a national helpline to support young people and develop an effective mechanism for connecting employers and young people looking for work-based opportunities. A number of new skills initiatives were also introduced, including a further 5,000 all-age Modern Apprenticeship (MA) opportunities; 800 targeted pathway places for 16 and 17 year olds who cannot secure a job or a Modern Apprenticeship place but have the potential to do so; a £1,000 incentive for up to 2,000 MA places for 16 and 17 year olds with a particular focus on looked after children and others who may need additional support; 750 graduate placements over three years and 60 entrepreneurial training opportunities.

Visit the Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council’s websites for further information.

This initiative relates to short-term deliverables:

  1. Take measures to promote entrepreneurship, e.g. by promoting the acquisition of relevant key competences, enabling practical experiences in enterprises, and involving experts from businesses.

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