The Learner Journey: Aligning Learning, Skills and Career Development

This briefing will consider the latest developments and good practice in the Learner Journey and how to meet the skill demand required by Scotland's economy.  


The Scottish Government’s Enterprise and Skills Review published in October 2016 highlighted the importance of skill provision on the learner’s journey, to ensure the learner is ready for the workplace and the Scottish labour market skill demand is met. How can schools, colleges and universities work together with businesses and skill agencies, to provide the skill set that is necessary for Scotland’s productivity and inclusive economic growth and the learner’s future employment prospects. 

Key Learning Objectives

  • Receive an up-to-date brief on the latest developments impacting the Learner Journey 

  • Explore steps that need to be made to create a streamlined and collaborative framework, which helps learners identify the most appropriate training for their chosen career

  • Examine new ways to maximise productivity in the HE sector, which can improve the performance of Scotland’s economic growth


09:15 Registration and morning refreshments

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Professor Stuart Monro OBE, FRSE, Young People Programme Convener, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Session one: Policy context and report update

10:05 What are the opportunities and challenges facing the learning and skills system in Scotland and how we can begin to meet them?​

Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland

10:25 How can schools, colleges and universities collaborate to deliver a seamless learning framework that addresses skill gaps?​

Aileen Ponton, Chief Executive, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership

10:45 Questions and discussion

11:05 Refreshments and networking


Session two: The role of institutions

11:30 The Learning and Skills Journey – A Route to Success for All Learners

  • The time has never been more appropriate to identify a more coherent and equitable post-16 learning framework
  • It is recognised that there are a considerable number of reviews impacting the educational landscape on-going at this time
  • Colleges, following regionalisation, are well placed to play a key regional role
  • The presentation will set out the college sectors thinking in relation to an improved learning and skills journey for all

Andy Witty, Funding and Finance Policy Lead, Colleges Scotland

11:55 The University and its publics: Reconsidering skills in the age of automation and precarity

The talk will cover the following issues:  

  • How well placed is the university in the digital age?
  • How do universities shape learners (inter)disciplinary practices?
  • In what ways can the university deliver on the promise of the public intellectual?     

Dr Mark Murphy, Reader (Robert Owen Centre), University of Glasgow

12:20 Questions and discussion

12:40 Networking lunch


Session three: Linking careers with business needs

13:30 Exploring the various linear and non-linear pathways available to learners such as apprenticeships, combining work with study, re-training or up-skilling to re-enter the workplace

Adam Warsop, UK Business Solutions Manager, City & Guilds

13:55 Creating a work-ready workforce in practice

​Ray Fernie, Employability Co-ordinator, and Operational Lead for Developing the Young Workforce, Fife Council

14:20 Questions and discussion

14:40 Chair's Summary

14:45 Close of event

*Agenda and speakers subject to change

Event and Costs

Event location: The Law Society of Scotland, Atria One, 144 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EX

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 | 2+ places £105 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)

  • Full rate: £295 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

26 April 2017



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