Work Experience in Scotland

DescriptionResearch Report on Work Experience in Scotland
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Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateNovember 27, 2008

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Eddy Adams Consultants Ltd with Smart Consultancy (Scotland) Ltd and Training and Employment Research Unit, University of Glasgow
ISBN 978 0 7559 7324 8 (Web only publication)
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CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Executive summary

Chapter 1: The research, background and methodology
Introduction
Background
Aims and objectives
Method
Report structure

Chapter 2: The context of work experience in Scotland
Introduction
Background
The Offer
The current position
The changing context for work experience
Labour market influences since the 1980s
Employers' concerns: recurring themes
Policy context
Strategic background
Skills for Scotland: A Lifelong Skills Strategy
Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)
Determined to Succeed
More Choices, More Chances
Key points

Chapter 3: Approaches to work experience beyond Scotland
Introduction
Comparator countries
Overview
England

Ireland
Australia
Key points

Chapter 4: The work experience model in Scotland
Introduction
The aim of work experience
Overview of work experience and the employer profile
Participation
Timing
Employer involvement
Employer profile
Roles and responsibilities
Area co-ordination
At school level
Mainstream schools
Non-mainstream schools
Other sectors
Further education
Voluntary sector
Compliance
Recognition of achievement
Key points

Chapter 5: Work experience in practice
Introduction
Matching
The process
Issues to consider
Work experience and part-time work
The role of self-found placements
Equity and access
Link between underachievement and poor post-school transitions
Participation in work experience
Work experience for pupils with additional support needs
Challenges for special schools relating to work experience
Equity challenges facing mainstream schools
Work Experience preparation
The approach in mainstream schools
The approach in special schools
The placement experience
Support for pupils
Tasks undertaken by pupils
The experience of pupils with additional support needs
Placement debriefing
Impact and benefits of work experience
For pupils
For s chools
For employers
Fit with the curriculum
Virtual work experience
Key points

Chapter 6: Local area profiles
Introduction
Method
Aberdeenshire
Dumfries and Galloway
Dundee
Falkirk
Glasgow
South Lanarkshire
Common themes and variances

Chapter 7: The employer experience
Introduction
Existing links with schools and other programmes
The work experience concept
Views on the one week placement
Employers no longer participating
Preparation for the placement
Employer support
The work experience model in practice
The employer offer
Improving work experience
Key points

Chapter 8: Conclusions
Introduction
Conclusions
Strengths
Weaknesses

Chapter 9: Options and recommendations
Introduction
The options
Recommendations

Appendices (published separately)
Appendix 1: Local area case studies
Appendix 2: Global review paper
Appendix 3: Work experience co-ordinator questionnaire
Appendix 4: Employer questionnaire
Appendix 5: References
Appendix 6: Participating local authorities
Appendix 7: Participating schools
Appendix 8: Participating voluntary organisations

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Government Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.