Ullapool Teacher CPD Event

DYW West Highland hosted their first teacher CPD (Continuous Professional Development) event in September at Ullapool High School to highlight to teachers local labour market intelligence and what employers have to offer.

‘Skills serve as the bridge between knowledge and performance’ Skills 4.0 (A skills model to drive Scotland’s future – SDS)

As stated by the Skills 4.0: ‘Scotland’s workforce needs constantly developing skills, knowledge and capabilities to thrive in this complex, ever-changing environment’. This premise was the subject of the Ullapool Staff CPD event in September. We were delighted to be able to bring together education professionals with six key employers and agencies representing some nationally important sectors with a view to exploring how their subjects supported the current and future needs of the workforce.

Check out below a fantastic video from Skills Development Scotland and the Centre for Work-based Learning about the future of work and skills. It reinforces why Developing the Young Workforce exists, how the world of work is changing and why industry involvement in skills development of the future workforce is vital. You can read the details of the Skills 4.0 (A skills model to drive Scotland’s future – SDS) here.

Event Format

Roddy Bailey (Skills Development Scotland) opened the event by highlighting the key findings from recent Skills 4.0 Strategy and outlining the current regional Labour Market Intelligence and the changing nature of work relating to today’s students.

Education professionals from Ullapool High School volunteered to use their valuable CPD time to listen, reflect and discuss how a more contextualised and work-related curriculum would support the Creative Environment, Health & Social Care, Renewables and  IT & Digital industries. Depute Head teacher, Anne Hunter remarked:

‘Thank you to DYW West Highland for organising a range of employers to attend our staff training event.  The event provided an insight to a variety of industries and will act as a springboard for further developments linking the school and employers’

The event was just the beginning of a more targeted approach to embed the DYW employer focus into the school’s curriculum and it is hoped that with the support of DYW West Highland and some key employers, Ullapool High students can look forward to developing the necessary skills to compliment the knowledge and education currently offered at Ullapool High School. Many thanks to Wipro, NHS Highland, Lantra, Scottish Water, Bespoke Hotels, Siemens Gaming and HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise) Creative Industries for coming along. We are looking forward to organising other highly engaging and successful events like these in the future!

For more information regarding how to get involved with DYW West Highland, contact the team on: info@dywwesthighland.org / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram or call in and see us in the office at 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH