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Developing creativity, employability and skills

​​​Education Scotland works collaboratively with national and regional partners to deliver agreed aspects of the Scottish Government's Developing the Young Workforce programme, as set out in the Youth Employment Strategy. There is a particular focus on supporting skills development and helping young people aged 3-18 prepare for the world of work.

The Career Education Standard 3-18 (CES), the Work Placements Standard and the Guidance for School/Employer Partnerships outline the entitlements for learners and the expectations placed on teachers and practitioners, Skills Development Scotland, employers and parents to support all children and young people in their development of skills and understanding of the world of work. Schools are being asked to embed the standards and guidance within learning and teaching across all levels in partnership with stakeholders. They are also being asked to provide pathways for learners, that best support the realisation of young peoples’ future aspirations.

Creativity across learning, and its links to the creative industries, is included in this programme of work.

The programme currently focuses on the following key priorities:

  1. Curriculum development
    This includes the implementation of CES 3-18, developing senior phase pathways, incorporating related priority from the STEM strategy and the Scottish Government's Learner Journey Review.
  2. Creativity across learning
    A wide range of creative teaching and learning resources are available, supporting the implementation of the DYW agenda, and complementing the work of the Creative Learning Network.
  3. Advancing equalities
    Helping to develop a more diverse and representative workforce, and achieve better outcomes for all learners, by addressing inequalities, especially those relating to gender, disability, race and experience of care.
  4. Capacity building


Review and reports:

Key resources:

All other resources currently available can be accessed on the National Improvement Hub.

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