More Choices More Chances


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Scotland’s colleges have a tradition of working with young people to develop their skills and aspirations. Working with the Scottish Executive, colleges are supporting its strategy to reduce the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in Scotland.
Brian will discuss how colleges are addressing issues identified in the document 'More Choices, More Chances' to provide young people with the best possible start to adult and working life.

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  • Though you might want to spend a couple of minutes on this one – introducing yourself, what is SFEU, why you are so pleased to be here, why it is right to for you to be here Something about the question posed by the conference, something about the extent of the challenge which can be daunting, something about the lead of the Scottish Executive in taking this forward The social mission of colleges – something about the diversity of colleges, something about how they work in the most challenging areas of society, something about their inclusiveness, something about their reach Message – NEET is a college issue
  • More Choices More Chances

    1. 1. More Choices, More Chances The Role of Scotland’s Colleges in Supporting Scotland’s Young People
    2. 2. More Choices, More Chances Young People Not Engaged in Employment, Education or Training 34,600 Unemployed 19,900 Inactive 14,700 6months+ 7,400 < 6 months 12,500 Other 6,600 Sick/disabled 3,900 Family/Home 4,200 Want 3,300 Don’t Want 3,300 Support 1,200 No support 2,100
    3. 3. <ul><li>THE COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges in Community Planning </li></ul><ul><li>School/College programmes extending choice </li></ul><ul><li>Making a Difference: Unlocking Potential </li></ul><ul><li>The Modern and Motivated College </li></ul><ul><li>A Proven Track Record </li></ul>More Choices, More Chances
    4. 4. More Choices, More Chances <ul><li>Colleges in Community Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Princes Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Get Ready for Work </li></ul><ul><li>Supported Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Young Scot </li></ul>
    5. 5. More Choices, More Chances <ul><li>School/College Programmes extending choice </li></ul><ul><li>Skills for Work </li></ul><ul><li>Access Programmes - Leonardo </li></ul><ul><li>Link Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Work Experience </li></ul><ul><li>World at Work </li></ul>
    6. 6. More Choices, More Chances <ul><li>Making a Difference: Unlocking Potential </li></ul><ul><li>Improved interpersonal and communication skills, including team-working; </li></ul><ul><li>Greater work-readiness; </li></ul><ul><li>Increased aspirations; </li></ul><ul><li>Growth in self- responsibility; </li></ul><ul><li>Improved citizenship, including respect and tolerance; and </li></ul><ul><li>Easing transition to further/higher education. </li></ul>
    7. 7. More Choices, More Chances <ul><li>The Modern and Motivated College </li></ul><ul><li>Pod Casting – SLICpod Room </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Social Software – My Space </li></ul><ul><li>Sophisticated Communication Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Open Environment </li></ul>
    8. 8. More Choices, More Chances <ul><li>A Proven Track Record </li></ul><ul><li>Glasgow Colleges/ Glasgow City Council </li></ul><ul><li>Banff and Buchan College/ Aberdeenshire Council </li></ul><ul><li>Dundee College/Dundee Council </li></ul><ul><li>Forth Valley College/Clackmannanshire Council </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Benchmarking – TAFE NSW Australia </li></ul><ul><li>25% of students aged 15-19 not engaged – 108,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Attrition Rates – 25% </li></ul><ul><li>Module Completion Rates – 53% </li></ul><ul><li>30,000 in Access and General Education </li></ul><ul><li>Are they getting a good outcome? </li></ul>More Choices, More Chances
    10. 10. Benchmarking Enrolment/job mismatch? Construction Construction Business Services Property & Business Access Hospitality/Retail Hospitality Services Health & Community General Education Manufacturing Current Enrolments Future job growth
    11. 11. How can we provide better outcomes? <ul><li>We need to be really clear about our responsibilities. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to ensure a match between what we offer and where the jobs are. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to keep students’ needs at the centre of our discussions. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to keep our minds open to different options for success. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to remember the importance of the role of teacher/lecturer. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to continually ask: What’s best for this student? How can we help make the choice that is best for them? </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Challenge to be accepted NOT just acknowledged </li></ul><ul><li>Connections between services NOT just co-ordination </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity to be understood NOT just recognised </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity to be applied NOT just desired </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges to be engaged NOT just consulted </li></ul>Issues to be resolved