Future Skills College

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A new programme known as a Future Skills College is being proposed as an innovative approach to help more young people sustain positive destinations when they leave school.

Dundee City Council would team up with Dundee & Angus College and Angus Council for the initiative.

Over the course of a year, S5 and S6 pupils would spend four days in total at D&A College, two days working towards their chosen vocation and two days studying maths and English as well as health & wellbeing, personal development and skills for learning, life and work.

The final day of the week would be spent on a work placement with an employer. At the end of the year, as long as the young people successfully fulfil all of the requirements, they will move on to an apprenticeship with their employer.

Pupils from across Dundee, as well as two Angus schools, would be involved in the initiative, which could launch in August with 30 places in the electrical and plumbing trades as well early education and childcare.

It is hoped that the Future Skills College could grow to accommodate 200 students within five years.

Councillor Gregor Murray, Dundee City Council Children and Families Service convener, said, “This is a hugely exciting initiative building on years of partnership work between the council and the college.

“The statistics show us that we need to do much more to help our young people in the years after they leave school and the Future Skills College will be a way to deliver longer-term options with local employers.”

Councillor Murray added: “We are working hard to reduce youth unemployment in the city and the wider area and the Future Skills College will help provide young people with relevant skills for the economy.

“Engagement with employers is crucial to develop this idea and we are working hard to develop places for our young people.

“I would like to thank everyone who is involved and the partners who are providing funding

“The Future Skills College is intended to make a positive contribution to the life chances of our young people.”

The proposal will be discussed by the city council’s children and families service committee on Monday June 26.

The committee will hear that seed funding from the Northwood Trust, 4J Studios and other private sector partners has been sought to cover the initial stet up and five year running costs.

“The Future Skills College is a great new collaboration between D&A College and our two local councils,” said Grant Ritchie, principal D&A College.

“We are opening up new routes directly into employment for many of our young people who may otherwise not have this opportunity.

“This programme really breaks new ground bringing young people together from across the region’s schools to work in College and with employers to begin their working careers.

“We are grateful to the councils and the employers involved for having the vision to work with us on this and create something new and potentially life changing for our young people.”

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