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)
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