DYW Moray were delighted to be a Partner in such an exciting Education Initiative, 'The Moray Skills Pathway' that has just launched in Moray last week.
The Moray Skills Pathway is an initiative driven by the Education Department at The Moray Council which seeks to provide a structured pathway for young people from aged 3 - 18 in to employment or further education. The launch which occurred last Tuesday brought a number of local employers together with representatives from each school in Moray to discuss what the needs are for our young people in the area.
The Moray Skills Pathway's structure focuses on the creation of two working groups for each school and each employer involved. There will be 8 Associated School Working groups (one for each Secondary School) which will meet twice a year to discuss school related needs with regards to develop their young peoples' employability skills. Furthermore, there will be 8 Sector Skills Working Groups which will meet twice a year to discuss sector related needs with regards to the young people's employability skills in Moray. These groups will have both employers and representatives from the schools in each to ensure each party is fully informed of each of their needs.
The overall aim of these working groups is to ensure our young people in Moray are getting 4 experiences in each of the 8 Growth Sectors (Early Education & Childcare, Health & Social Care, Engineering, Construction, Food & Drink/Tourism, IT & Creative Industries, Business & Professional Services and Land Based) identified in Moray before they make their subject choices for the Senior Phase (4th Year). These experiences are split into three phases under the curriculum for excellence - learning about work, for work and through work.
At the launch event there were a number of inspirational talks from both Education and Employers -
- Laurence Findlay, Corporate Director of Education and Social Care
- Maxine Scott, Education Support Officer
- Joan Mackay, Assistant Director at Education Scotland
- Stephen Sheridan, Skills Planning Manager (Construction & North) at Skills Development Scotland
- Jill Armitt, Head of Human Resources at Walkers Shortbread
- Vivienne Cross, Head of Schools and Curriculum Development
Over the course of our young peoples' time in Education we hope to see a vast increase in these experiences of work so that they are better prepared to enter the workplace meeting the needs of not only Employers, but most importantly the young people themselves.