Last Updated: Monday, August 02, 2021

Work-related learning – Career Insight, Enterprise, Work Inspiration and Simulated Environments

What is this?

This resource outlines the context of work placement and work-related learning activity in Scotland’s establishments. It illustrates the progress that schools have made in order to meet the recommendations for Developing the Young Workforce, the Work Placements Standard, the Career Education Standard (3-18), and the Guidance for School/Employer Partnerships.

The resource provides an overview of the commitment to support young people in order to make the most of their opportunities in life. It also provides exemplification to support further implementation of work-related learning opportunities nationally.

Who is this for?

This resource will inspire schools to review and enhance their own good practice. It will also be of interest to employers and parents/carers.

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Work-related learning

There are currently a number of ways young people can develop skills for work from 3-18. Educational establishments are using a wide range of strategies to ensure that all young people and children have an opportunity to experience the world of work. This will build skills, knowledge and capabilities allowing young people to learn and develop throughout their broad general education and senior phase.

This resource covers:

  • Career insight
  • Enterprise
  • Work inspiration
  • Simulated environments

Career insight examples

Enterprise examples

Work inspiration examples

Simulated environments examples

Improvement questions

  • How effectively do you plan for career education opportunities and progression pathways for learners in your school?
  • In what ways do you ensure that you meet the needs of all learners in order to develop skills for learning life and work?
  • In what ways does the curriculum provision and timetabling in your establishment incorporate career education for all learners?
  • To what extent are partners involved in delivering meaningful, work-related experiences for learners; the delivery of skills and qualifications and highlighting prospective career opportunities?