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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15881: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the comment in its paper, Developing the Young Workforce, that "during 2017-18, we will see school-industry partnerships operating in most secondary schools", whether it will confirm what proportion of schools in each local authority area operate these.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 1 May 2018

The Review of the implementation of the Career Education Standard (3-18), the Work Placement Standard and Guidance on School/Employer Partnerships (May 2017) by Education Scotland found that most schools they visited had developed their links with local and national employers in order to provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities for young people.

The DYW industry led Regional Groups are playing an integral part in establishing school-employer partnerships. Across Scotland, all 21 DYW Regional Groups are building a bridge between education and employers through work inspiration activity, work placements and establishing long-term strategic partnerships. We are beginning to see Secondary schools harnessing opportunities presented through industry partnerships. The DYW Regional Groups are working closely with key partners to develop a shared understanding of the needs of employers and schools in each region.

We are currently working with the network of DYW Regional Groups and Local Authority DYW leads on how best to capture progress on school employer partnerships that recognises the range of productive partnerships that exist.