A review by the OECD of Scotland’s developing approach to vocational education highlights the considerable strengths of work to reform the sector.
The review looked at the preparation of younger people and adults for technical and professional jobs and found:
- Scotland should be commended for its strong commitment to post 16 reforms, focused on ensuring the college sector delivers for students and the economy
- Students can move easily between different types and levels of learning
- Assessors and college teachers are well prepared in contrast to other countries where trainers may have little actual work experience
- Both HNCs, HNDs and Modern Apprenticeships are highly valued with a strong likelihood of employment
- Delivery of all-age career guidance is a strength.
The report comes as the Scottish Government seeks to make further improvements to vocational education via the work of the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce.
Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said:
“The Scottish Government has made clear that preparing our young people for the world of work is an absolute priority and recent figures released by Skills Development Scotland have shown that a record 91.4 per cent are moving on to positive destinations such as college, university, training or employment.
“2013 has already seen significant plans for the future of vocational education start to take shape courtesy of the interim report from the Commission on Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. Today’s OECD review provides a positive assessment of the Scottish approach, and where challenges have been identified, we will seek to address these as we discuss how the Commission recommendations could be taken forward. Consensus is vital given how far-reaching some of this work could be and a summit early next year will give all interested organisations the chance to input into consideration of its first report.
“The direction being set by the Commission’s interim report will also significantly progress our ambitions under Curriculum for Excellence for raising the attainment of every young person, and closing the attainment gap. With a second report to follow in April, its work could help us realise our ambition for Scotland to be the best place to learn, where each young person takes part in education and training that encourages them to be as successful as they can be.”
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The OECD report is available here