We work with businesses and schools to build capacity in language and employability skills.
School: Beeslack Community High School
Project: Languages and Employability
Date: December 2022
Feedback on the project from learners, staff and business partners was all very positive and has led to plans to develop and expand this project to cover other year groups and industry partners.
This is an excellent submission, both in terms of its content and of the way in which it has been presented. The project is clearly very well planned with a strong sense of purpose, collaboration and evaluation throughout.
The verification team was impressed by a number of elements within the work described here. The business partners selected are varied, relevant and clearly very engaged in working with the school to develop mutually valuable DYW links. We loved the description of their input as a ‘not a breath but a gust of fresh air’! The close involvement of the school’s DYW co-ordinator contributes very positively to the work done here. The tasks undertaken are beautifully integrated to the curriculum and serve to weave Employability seamlessly into the Languages experience of learners at Beeslack. The team also praised the comprehensive (and fascinating!) portfolio of supporting evidence.
In the Evidence Checklist document, the point is made that ‘Making the link between languages and a future career is crucial to the survival of language teaching and language knowledge in Scotland.’ This is at the heart of the aim of the Scottish Languages Employability Award, and it is so encouraging to see it at the heart of the work that is being done in Beeslack Community High School too.
There is evidence of clear planning for legacy and development and the RZSS and other projects planned would give ample evidence for future Silver and Gold Awards. All in all this is an outstanding Bronze award - congratulations!