Could you help shape a highly-employable future workforce in Fife?

In the latest from the Fife Council blog, we look at the role of business in preparing young people for the world of work and how local leaders can get involved 

Fife Council is working closely with Fife College to make sure that pupils across Fife are well-prepared to meet the current and future needs of local, national and international employers.
As part of this, we are hosting a series of business breakfast briefing events throughout the region:
Lochgelly High School, Lochgelly, 14 June, 08:00-10:00
Dunfermline High School, Dunfermline, 21 June, 08:00-10:00
Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes, 28 June, 08:00-10:00
We whole-heartedly recognise the valuable role that schools play in preparing pupils for the world of work.  In Fife we’re embracing Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), the Scottish Government’s national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education, and working tomake sure that contact with local businesses is embedded within schools.
Developed by business for business, we are linking employers with schools and colleges to boost business success in Fife and open up the world of work to young people.
By working more closely with schools, businesses can further plug skills gaps and help young people make a successful transition from education to work.
Businesses can play an invaluable role in equipping young people with key skills and knowledge by, for example, holding interview lessons, reinforcing the need for “soft skills” such as good communication and teamwork, or offering work placements.
Businesses from small, local businesses to large, multi-nationals across private, public and voluntary sectors are already changing young people’s lives. Over 3,000 businesses in Fife are already engaged through Opportunities Fife and the wider employability offer.  Getting involved through DYW will give businesses more opportunities to link with schools and engage, inform and inspire young Fifers.
But there are still many opportunities for businesses and schools to work much more closely to raise awareness of skilled jobs and how young people can secure them.
Our pupils can benefit from more frequent exposure to the workplace, so that they understand the practical and ‘real life’ application of their studies. That’s why we’re giving firms from across Fife an opportunity to find out more about how they can contribute to increasing young people’s employability, by hosting a number of events across the region over coming weeks.
A stalwart focus on business and school engagement offers the potential for long-term results that benefit young people, businesses and whole communities.
Why get involved? Benefits for businesses
  • Contribute to the preparation of a highly employable future workforce
  • Inspire young people to work for your company, or sector, to secure a talent flow
  • Build relationships with the next generation of employees and customers
  • Help young people develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that they need for business
  • Harness the perspective and skills of young people to tackle business challenges
  • Inform young people about the relevance, growth and attractiveness of industry sectors and career opportunities
  • Shape the curriculum to ensure subjects are relevant to the workplace
Ways to help young people get work ready and support skills development to transform the local economy.  How you, or your business, can get involved:
  • Speak at a school, about your career, business or industry
  • Host an on-site workplace visit
  • Attend a careers event, or help deliver an interview skills session
  • Become a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) Ambassador
  • Raise awareness of job vacancies
  • Offer a work placement
  • Deliver masterclasses or mentoring
  • Take on a school-leaver Intern or Modern Apprentice
If you are interested in finding out more, or getting involved in preparing the future workforce, please email vicky.brown@fife.gov.uk
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