The Learner Journey: Meeting the Needs of Learners

At this event we will provide an up-to-date brief on the Scottish Government’s 15-24 Learner Journey Review considering the latest developments and good practice in the learner journey and how to meet the skill demand required by Scotland’s economy.

A journey to success

In June 2017, Scottish Government’s published the Enterprise and Skills Review report on Phase 2: 15-24 Learner Journey which was followed in September 2017 by the Young people's experience of education and training report. These highlighted the importance of skill provision on the learner’s journey, to ensure they are ready for the workplace and that labour market skill demand is met. How can schools, colleges and universities work together with industry to provide the skill-set necessary to support Scotland’s economy and create career-long learners?

Key issues we'll address with you

  • The learner journey review in context - Curriculum for Excellence, Developing Young Workforce, Widening Access, Raising Attainment
  • Getting to all learners being on the right route to the right career and providing the right information to ensure there is no wrong door
  • Empowering students to make informed decisions about their learning and careers
  • Strengthening communication and collaboration within the system to ensure seamless connections and create opportunities for reskilling and upskilling
  • Working with industry to improve the learner journey, meet skills demand and boost the Scottish economy

Agenda*

9:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consulting

10:00 Session 1: Policy Context and Report Update

  • The learner journey review in context - Curriculum for Excellence, Developing Young Workforce, Widening Access, Raising Attainment
  • Identifying barriers to journey success
  • Getting to all learners being on the right route to the right career and providing the right information to ensure there is no wrong door
  • Improving equality of access to opportunities

10:00 Young People’s Experiences of Education and Training in Scotland

Presentation of the headline messages from research carried out by SQW, in partnership with Young Scot, to explore young people’s experiences of the education and training system in Scotland. The study was commissioned by the Scottish Government to inform the 15-24 Learner Journey Review.

Susan Mackay, Managing Consultant, SQW

Michael Gowan, Participatory Budgeting Officer, Summerhill Community Association and former Director, Scottish Youth Parliament and International Youth Representative, LGBT Youth Scotland

10:40 Questions and Roundtable discussions

11:10 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Supporting People on their Journey

  • Empowering students to make informed decisions about their learning and careers
  • The wealth of qualification and training routes available to Scotland’s learners
  • 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
  • Strengthening communication and collaboration within the system to ensure seamless connections and create opportunities for reskilling and upskilling

11:30 Sandra Cheyne, CMS Policy & Professional Practice Manager, Skills Development Scotland

11:50 Questions and Discussion

12:00 Supporting People on their Journey - How the SCQF Can Help

  • Empower learners to make informed choices
  • Strengthen links and pathways to support transition
  • Explain the range of qualifications available

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

12:25 The Learner Journey is a lifelong one – and isn’t always A-Z!

  • Meeting the needs of learners throughout their life and careers
  • Supporting the needs of employers through work based learning
  • Ensuring we’re fit for the future: Learners journeys to skill, upskill and reskill.

Marie Hendry, Depute Director (External Engagement and Partnerships), The Open University

12:50 Questions and Discussion

13:10 Lunch and Networking

13:40 Session 3: Linking Steps on the Learner Journey

  • How schools and colleges are collaborating with employers to enrich their students' careers education
  • Working with industry to improve the learner journey, meet skills demand and boost the Scottish economy 
  • Getting the right support to students at the right time
  • A whole-person approach to the learner journey

13:40 Vonnie Sandlan, Senior Policy Officer, Colleges Scotland

14:05 Deborah Streatfield, Founder, MyBigCareer

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
13 June 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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