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Today, in Scotland we have 53,000 young people, not in work and not in education, waking up each morning wondering if their community has any need for them.

Even as the economy continues to recover, youth unemployment continues to be a challenge and is a major social and economic issue.

It is clear that Scotland, and indeed the UK, have traditionally focused on academic education and Stirling High School is proud to send over 65% of its pupils every year onto Further and Higher Education. However, We also know that those with the lowest levels of qualification are at the greatest risk of unemployment.

This does not have to be the case.

The introduction of Curriculum for Excellence in primary schools and in S1-S3 is already making a difference as a new approach to teaching and learning is helping pupils to develop many of the skills and attributes they will need to be successful in their working lives.

Curriculum for Excellence by its nature provides the opportunity for a more balanced and inclusive approach to academic and vocational education with the potential to blend the two to the needs of individual pupils.

We can however go further.

In response to the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce Report by Sir Ian Wood, Stirling High School has employed a Principal Teacher of DYW. Their role is to develop and enhance the Broad General Education and Senior Phase to incorporate a more industry influenced focus on employability. This will focus on Career Education, Careers Advice and Teacher Learning. School, College and Business Partnerships will be enhanced with clearer vocational pathways and Industry recognised qualifications.

More information is available here.

If you require any further information or would like to be involved in this important issue at the forefront of Scottish Education, please contact:

Principal Teacher DYW: Lana Prince
(01786) 472451

Skills Development Scotland – The interactive guide to careers services in schools including parental support is available here

You can find out more about Skills Development Scotland’s careers services here

My World of Work – When it comes to making career decisions advice is on hand here and for parents here

Modern Apprenticeships – provides information on the family of apprenticeships i.e. Foundation, Modern and Graduate here