New plan ensures bright futures for North Lanarkshire's young people

Developing the Young Workforce Strategy approved

Developing the Young Workforce (2019 to 2021)

A scheme to ensure that all young people in North Lanarkshire go on to positive and sustainable destinations once they leave school has been agreed by councillors.

The pdf icon Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Delivery Plan [3Mb] 2019-2021 was approved at the Education and Families committee on Tuesday 21 May.

This approach is supported by a number of council services as well as partners including New College Lanarkshire, Skills Development Scotland, Routes to Work, Lanarkshire Business Gateway, Developing the Young Workforce Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire and employers.

It aims to give everyone taking part the offer of a job or a clear pathway leading to employment.

The plan is a result of the council's employability review and the overall strategy We Aspire: an ambition for North Lanarkshire Council.

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education and Families, said: "We view this ambitious and innovate programme as an absolute priority for the council.

"It's about everyone having a shared vision to realise our goal of improving employability skills and providing sustained positive post-school destinations for all our young people."

The plan focuses on promoting equalities in all aspects of delivery, under three main sections:

  • The universal offer is for all children and young people and focuses principally on the entitlements set out in the Career Education Standard, Work Placement Standard and School/Employer Partnership Guidance.
  • The additional offer allows targeted groups of young people to experience a wide range of opportunities and work related learning experiences and qualifications to best meet their needs and prepare them to succeed in life beyond school.
  • The intensive offer ensures all young people have access to a rich curriculum where there is excellence and equity leading to positive outcomes for every child and young person leaving no-one behind.

As part of the intensive offer the council is embarking on an ambitious programme designed to ensure all statutory winter leavers enter a positive and sustained post school destination.

Councillor McNally continued: "North Lanarkshire has a strong track record in delivering a curriculum which provides children and young people with skills, qualifications and experiences to enable them to succeed in learning, life and work.

"This is reflected in the increasing percentage of young people entering and sustaining positive post-school destinations and contributing to society and economic growth."

The School Initial Leaver Destination Report (ILDR) for 2017/18 was published in February 2019 and indicated that 93.5% of North Lanarkshire young people entered a positive post-school destination of Higher Education, Further Education, Training or Employment.

This represents a 1.7% increase on the previous year - meaning that more than seventy fewer young people left school and became unemployed or were of unknown status than in the previous year.

Indeed 67.9% of senior phase school leavers continued their education within Higher or Further Education establishments, this is higher than the national average (67.6%) and reflects the ongoing work undertaken on widening access to such pathways.

Enabling such participation is a key means to close the poverty related attainment gap and enable inclusive growth.

The percentage of senior phase school leavers entering employment has increased to 22.7% compared to 20.8% in 2016/17. This figure mirrors the national average and shows our success in managing pathways to employment.

And the new winter leavers pathways programme, which begins in May, will see young people engage in a full-time curriculum-linked to employment within key growth sectors such as: construction, health and social care and early education and childcare.

Further learning will take place around digital literacy, enterprise and health and wellbeing. Each young person will be allocated an employability mentor (either an employee of the council or local business).

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