Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is a seven-year programme (2014-2021) that aims to better prepare children and young people aged 3–18 for the world of work. This programme builds on the foundations already in place through Curriculum for Excellence.
The headline aim of Developing the Young Workforce is to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.
Hazlehead Academy have various programmes and strategies in-built to every day learning that allows our pupils the biggest opportunity to achieve success when they leave school to whatever destination they choose. Below gives a snapshot of the work currently going on at Hazlehead Academy that allows us to support all pupils to be ready for their journey after they leave Hazlehead Academy:
- We have used cutting edge Artificial Intelligence to engage with our young people and create a profile of their employability skill set.
- Every pupil at Hazlehead Academy maintains an E-portfolio that showcases achievements, developments and successes as a pupil.
- Career talks are ongoing and take place in lessons, as whole year groups and also parental engagement events.
- S4 mentoring allows pupils in S4 to be mentored with the aim to improve academic progress and raise attainment.
- S6 Assertive mentoring links up all S6 pupils with a mentor from our business partners. The mentoring scheme allows pupils to be mentored by someone who has experience in the career that they aspire to be involved with and the meetings have a focus of academic progress as well as career aspirations.
- Business Partnerships are key to a lot of the work we do at Hazlehead Academy. We are fortunate to have over 50 business links currently engaged in the school in variety of ways and a business directory was created to showcase all of the excellent collaborative work that goes on between the school and our business partners.
- Employability skills focus. Pupils need to become more aware of what employability skills are, what they look like and how to improve them. A key part of this focus is the development of the artificial intelligence that allows pupils to self-evaluate their skill set, identify areas of strength and areas for development but also take ownership with how to progress themselves as people.
- Skills masterclasses are planned to deliver to pupils. The aim of these masterclasses is to improve employability skills for all of our pupils, allow them to become more aware of the skills needed to be successful and be able to adopt different strategies to overcome any hurdles that they face.
- Hazlehead Academy have had several careers fairs in the past however we are currently having a much more individual pupil focus approach which combines work experience, mentoring, providing opportunities to visit workplaces, volunteering and encouraging pupils to become proactive with how they will move forward.
- Evidence based research. We have been heavily involved in producing evidence from current businesses, employers, universities and research papers about what employability skills are desired from specific sectors of employment. This data has allowed us to focus on specific gaps that employers have identified and allowed us to address this with our pupils.
There are several other ways that we support the DYW agenda and we continue to add and adapt these strategies whilst also improving skill sets of our young people to allow them the best opportunity to succeed, regardless of what pathway they choose after leaving Hazlehead Academy.