Local industries, schools working together to stop workforce decline Local industries, schools working together to stop workforce decline By Kaitlyn Rigdon This article was published September 2, at 5: By Kaitlyn Rigdon Staff Writer A national issue concerning industry and economic growth is a lack of workforce, which is directly affecting Union County, home to many industry businesses. To raise awareness of the issue industries are facing, businesses in Union County have begun having meetings with teachers and school leaders. Gulick is responsible for visiting with business industries to identify concerns, issues or potential opportunity, he said.
Footnotes Involvement Of Employers Employers have lost the habit of employing young people. We currently have 53, young people unemployed and a youth unemployment rate more than double the adult rate.
The priority is to encourage more companies to employ young people in their workforce and to engage with schools and colleges to ensure that young people are developing the skills, knowledge and attitude that they need. The ambition is for more employers to move from being passive to active consumers of education, with both education and industry allocating more resource to work together to educate and prepare young people for entry into the workforce.
Throughout our discussions with employers there has been strong support to become engaged and do more - their main barrier is how to navigate through the education system successfully. Employers from public, private and third sectors, social enterprises and the university and college sectors all have a role to play.
Those that understand the need to train and develop their workforce of the future and recognise they have employment and skills gaps would be the priority targets for early engagement. We are recommending the creation of employer led Regional Invest in Youth Groups see Recommendation 14 below that will build bridges between industry and education, play a pivotal role in transforming the approach to education and industry collaboration, and encourage companies to get back into the habit of employing young people.
Supported by a national leadership group and a sustained communication campaign, the Invest in Youth groups should be resourced to facilitate and support business and education to form meaningful partnerships and be able to demonstrate meaningful impact.
We believe a Scotland wide Invest in Youth approach will be enhanced with an Invest in Youth accolade awarded to companies which have a clear Invest in Youth policy and are actively engaged in education-business partnerships, and recruit and train young people.
Benefits to Employers Employers are in a unique position to help give young people the inspiration, knowledge, skills, and motivation they need to transition successfully from education to the workplace.
There are clear benefits to employers from engaging with young people at school and college. It helps raise their business and client profile and provides them with early access to and opportunity to assess a pipeline of future talent. This means recruitment becomes easier and is more time and cost effective.
Employers are also getting access to the innovation and creativity of youth. Publicly recognised involvement with education will also enhance an employer's reputation in the eyes of the community and customers, and improve engagement with their current staff, particularly those who are parents.
Participation in school and college partnerships will provide existing employees with new development opportunities resulting in increased motivation and staff retention. Benefits mentioned by employers from their links with education and employing more young people include; The opportunity to influence the discussion on matching the development of skills to the needs of their company; Improving workforce diversity, flow and staff retention; Helping to "future-proof" their business - bring in new ideas and new skills; Influencing schools to understand and embrace the world of work to produce better recruits and help employers understand what young people can offer; Opportunities to identify future recruits; Bringing adaptable and flexible young people into the workforce; and Greater cost-effectiveness due to lower recruitment costs and wages.
ACE Winches ACE Winches is a global leader in the design, manufacture and hire of winches, marine deck machinery and the provision of associated hire personnel for the offshore oil and gas, marine and renewable energy sectors.
Based in Turriff, the company has grown its workforce from 80 to since Within that, 20 per cent of the workforce is in training including 60 Modern Apprentices and 15 graduate engineers.
The company's motivation for its investment in training young recruits is strongly linked to its business growth and development. With an aging workforce in the sector and the search for qualified and experienced professionals hindering companies worldwide, developing and investing in a pipeline of talent coming into the company is a business imperative.
ACE Winches starts that process through direct engagement with primary schools where they support engineering challenges and organise site visits for pupils. In partnership with 17 secondary schools they offer work experience, Saturday jobs and CV and interviewing and coaching sessions as well as contributing to the curriculum, again through engineering challenges as well as marketing projects.
The company also offers work placements for college and university students. Beyond its own employment of Modern Apprentices, the company also makes the recruitment of Modern Apprentices a feature of its approach to procurement.
There is definite evidence that employees like working in companies with young people and are happy to be active in the creation of opportunities for young people and in their training.
In the workplaces where they are active, Trade Unions, with their union learning representatives, can play a particularly helpful role in this. Through consultation directly with employers to ascertain their skills needs, the NUJ identified that the Modern Apprenticeship programme would be the ideal way for employers to bring new workers into the industry and to ensure that they have the skills and training required for the job.
Due to the NUJ 's experience in organising and delivering media skills based learning, it has a strong understanding of the needs of employers and, subsequently, the skills requirements of employees. If not for the leadership of the NUJthis new pathway would not exist. The first intake of Modern Apprentices in digital journalism commences at Forth Valley College in Stirling in Junewith apprentices attending college on a day release basis.
Forth Valley College, the learning provider, also proposes to commence a second intake of apprentices in January The apprentices will come from a variety of Scottish media employers. Benefits to Education and Young People The benefits of engagement with industry across all study phases include access to up to date information about job and career opportunities in local industries, help in developing industry relevant curriculum content and access to additional resources - company employees, project materials, company visits and work placements.
These will help young people understand the relevance of their studies and give them increased confidence in their career choices with increased motivation and improved attainment.6 Working together: Industry and VET provider training partnerships Executive summary Purpose of the research This research investigated the nature of a number of the larger and more commercial vocational.
between initial training and benefits accruing to the individual later in life as it is difficult to isolate the effect of VET from other variables that might have an impact on performance. Costs associated with vocational education and training Defining the costs of VET – The benefits of partnership working There is a clear need for partnerships between vocational schools and employers.
If schools want to help young people develop skills and knowledge that industry wants, they need to be able to find out what is needed by the industries that they aim to support. The number and variety of industry-provider training partnerships in the vocational education and training (VET) sector is growing considerably.
This report investigates the nature of the larger VET industry training partnerships and provides practical guidelines for training providers when setting up and managing these specific partnerships.
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