Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

DYW Interesting Practice: ‘Angus Works’ – Extended work placements for senior phase pupils

What is this?

​Angus Works is an extended work placements programme, open to all S4-S6 pupils across Angus. The programme runs for 22 weeks (August – April) and forms part of the pupils’ timetable.

Who is this for?

​This exemplar will be useful for practitioners involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) agenda.

It supports professional reflections around the Career Education and Work Placements Standards as well as School / Employer Partnerships.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

This exemplar aims to inspire reflective thinking by practitioners engaged in curriculum development.

You are invited to use this exemplar to reflect on the following questions:

  • In what ways does the curriculum provision and timetabling in your establishment incorporate career education for all learners?
  • To what extend are partners involved in delivering meaningful, work related experiences for learners, the delivery of skills and qualifications as well as prospective career opportunities?


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What was done?

The programme has been developed by the Education Business Liaison Officers in collaboration with the DYW strategic group and employers across the authority and is implemented by the council’s ‘Skills for Work’ coordinators. Each young person is engaged one-day a week within an identified role within Angus Council, supported by a mentor. All young people engaged with the programme have the opportunity to undertake an accredited Personal Development Unit, delivered and supported by Angus Council’s Skills Team.

Underpinning principles:

  • Angus Council’s commitment to developing the young workforce.
  • Providing meaningful opportunities for work experience.
  • Preparing our young people for their future in our community.


It is key to the programme that young people are involved in “real-life” meaningful tasks and projects during their placement, supporting skills development and giving them an accurate insight into that role/career. 

What was the impact?

Some of the benefits to the young people include:

  • provides experience of recruitment and selection procedures
  • provides a valuable insight into work practices and cultures
  • opportunity to develop key knowledge, skills and behaviours required in learning, life and work
  • recognition gained in the form of “employer endorsement”, providing a creditable piece of evidence that can be used in future applications
  • the chance to achieve SQA Personal Development qualification
  • preparing young people for transition into successful employment.