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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15884: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it provides to (a) schools and (b) local authorities regarding providing access to information about technical (i) education and (ii) qualifications in the further education sector.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 2 May 2018

As part of the Developing the Young Workforce programme, Education Scotland has introduced the Careers Education Standard (3-18). This is a new set of guidance for schools, designed to better assist young people to make informed learning and career choices as they progress through their learning journeys.

Education Scotland has also published a set of resources ( https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/Learning%20pathways:%20Senior%20Phase%20design ) to support practitioners, employers, young people and parents in understanding the different pathways available. These resources can be used by those involved in the planning and delivery of the senior phase school curriculum to understand the flexibility of learning pathways and the extent to which these can be tailored to meet the individual needs of young people, aiding their journey towards a positive destination.

To support and enable young people in considering their entry into the workplace, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has developed a comprehensive range of career information and guidance (CIAG) services ( https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/what-we-do/scotlands-careers-services/our-careers-service-in-schools/ ).

Colleges have the responsibility to produce prospectuses to provide young people with information on the courses and subjects they offer. This material and this offer is expected to be promoted to young people as part of the school-college partnerships emerging within the DYW programme.