Career Ready's focus on individual needs improves Moray’s students' prospects

Career Ready has been highlighted as an example of best practice in an Education Scotland report, praising the way in which students in Moray are being prepared for the world of work.

The report, ‘Transforming Lives Through Learning’, looked at the quality and improvement in Scottish education between 2012 to 2016. The report noted how focusing on individuals’ learning needs through direct interventions helps more young people go on to a positive destination after school.

The report highlighted that young people’s learning experiences are increasingly tailored to their individual needs and said young people valued the support they received from their mentors.

The report said: “Continual improvements in partnership working are enabling young people to access programmes or experiences such as Career Ready, Skillforce or Reach programmes in addition to learning at school, college or work experience.

“Through these opportunities, young people are developing their skills for learning, life and work and they are well supported during the transition to life beyond the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence.”

The report also highlighted the successes within Moray because of a specific focus on partnership working in the region.

Susan Macpherson, Regional Manager for Moray, said: “At the heart of our approach is the partnership between young people, employers, schools and Local Authorities. Alongside our structured programme, together we ensure more young people leave school work ready and having made an informed, personalised choice about their future career destiny.

“With the chance for young people to figure out the job and sector that is the right next step for them, and earning while they learn at school, it is heartening to see our contribution recognised alongside the other great work in Moray in this report.” 

The report also contained a picture of Niall Selby, a Career Ready student from Keith Grammar School, giving a talk about his own experiences at the launch of the Career Ready programme at Moray College last September.

To view the full report, please click here. More information about Career Ready’s work in Moray can be found on page 42.