Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy, has strong roots in how industry and education work collaboratively to nurture Scotland’s future workforce. Yet, as we embark on a new academic term, laced with ‘new normal’ in the water, we are becoming familiar with yet so much unchartered territory; how do we continue this collaboration so when the time is right for you to invest in the ‘hiring’ the investment now in informing and inspiring offers you a talent pipeline of industry ready young people?
Many of the social issues and inequalities being talked about as a result of the current pandemic are not new. The groups of people in the UK who suffered disproportionately from poverty before are the same ones whose vulnerability is exposed now - young people are more than twice as likely to work for employers that have closed down; black and minority ethnic communities seem to be more at risk from the virus; women make up 77% of high risk workers, 80% of unpaid carers and 69% of low earners.
At the age of 17, Lucia finished her 6th year at school. She had originally applied for Primary Teaching but didn’t achieve her English qualification. Lucia took a gap year and secured employment in a Bilingual pre-school in Italy. How did she get from that pre-school to Carousel Training?
Debbie Baird has a very interesting and winding path to her current role with Taranata Group. She went through School convinced a degree was the only option and that degree had to be Medicine. So, how did she end up in IT?
The nerves and excitement bubble up and collide this week as young people and their families in Scotland receive their exam results. One small tear of an envelope or beep of a text and the future that young people are planning can feel illuminated or potentially dimmed. Whichever way it goes there is always a way forward and plans for the future can progress.
Parents and Educators have a significant influence on young peoples' career choices. So it’s important to be aware of not just how things worked when we were at school, what options were available then – but what the now and the future of work looks like for our pupils.
Marketplace is the go to for industry and schools and colleges to connect. The digital tool helps build young people’s job readiness and increases their career options. At the same time, employers can help shape young talent, address skills gaps and source their future workforce.
Plans are under way to launch what is billed as Scotland’s first nationwide schools programme for financial services, which aims to support thousands of young people a year from a range of backgrounds. The move follows two years of planning and the completion of a successful pilot in Edinburgh involving companies including Baillie Gifford, Nucleus Financial and Standard Life Aberdeen.
From school to Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee at Lloyds Banking Group. A Conversation with Philip Grant.