Career Education Standard

What does it mean to Inverness College UHI and schools?

Career education standard report

Developing the Young Workforce

Career Education Standard, Sept 2015

"A focus on preparing all young people for employment should form a core element of the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence with appropriate resource dedicated to achieve this. In particular local authorities, SDS and employer representative organisations should work together to develop a more comprehensive standard for careers guidance which would reflect the involvement of employers and their role and input." 

(Education Working for All, 2014, p.22)

Developing the Young Workforce – Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy was published in December 2014. This strategy and implementation plan is the Government’s response to Education Working for All! and sets out milestones over a seven-year period with the aim of improving outcomes for all young people by 2021. Milestones which relate directly to the development of a career education standard for 2015/16 include:

  • agreed standard for careers guidance for all young people including those who require additional help and support is in place;
  • guidance and support developed by Education Scotland and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) for teachers and practitioners to support young people in S3 to learn about finding, applying and getting a job;
  • guidance and support developed by Education Scotland and SDS for teachers and practitioners on the world of work aimed at ages 3-18; and
  • engagement with young people, teachers and practitioners, parents/carers andemployers to actively promote the range of options available.

So what does this mean in practice?