01 June 2006
In the ministerial response to A Curriculum for Excellence, the Scottish Executive made a commitment to deliver a new programme and qualifications in learning about skills for work for 14-16 year olds by 2007. It announced that Skills for Work (SfW) courses were going to be developed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in conjunction with the Scottish Further Education Unit, Learning and Teaching Scotland, the Scottish Executive and a range of stakeholders through a programme of national consultation seminars.
SfW courses have been designed to help young people to develop skills and knowledge in a broad vocational area, core skills, an understanding of the workplace, positive attitudes to learning, and employability skills. The courses are intended to provide progression pathways to employment, training or further learning for pupils of all abilities.
The Scottish Executive Education Department commissioned NFER to carry out an evaluation of the SfW pilot between September 2005 and October 2007 and this paper summarises key findings from the initial phase of the evaluation.