Deputy first minister visits Edinburgh College to launch 15-24 Learner Journey Review

Scotland’s deputy first minister John Swinney visited Edinburgh College today to launch a report aimed at providing young people with improved support during their journey through education.

Mr Swinney was joined by the minister for further education, higher education and science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, and the minister for employability and training, Jamie Hepburn, at the college’s Granton Campus. They engaged with students about enhancing their learning experiences, as the Scottish Government launched its new 15-24 Learner Journey Review report.

The report, published today, has 17 recommendations including ensuring:

  • Every pupil in Scotland will have access to an online account with personalised support in choosing courses and planning a career, one of seventeen recommendations in the review, published today.
  • More joined-up advice and guidance on post-school options across the education sector.
  • Young people to receive a better balance of work-based and academic skills informed by employer engagement, building on the success of the Developing the Young Workforce programme.
  • Improved collaboration between schools, colleges and universities to enable, where appropriate, greater flexibility for young people to move from S5 to year one of a degree, from S6 to year 2, and from college into years 2 and 3 of university.

At the report launch, more than 20 Edinburgh College students from across the curriculum, as well as other young people, had the chance to share their experiences with the ministers. They explained what they’d change about their journey through education and gave their thoughts on what the Government and other partners could do to help young people maximise their potential through education.

Deputy first minister John Swinney said: “Our school leavers now have a widening range of opportunities available – from well-established academic routes to exciting, industry-led technical and professional options. But what is clear is there is no single route to success in life.

“With a record proportion of school leavers going on to a positive destination, there is much to celebrate already. This review will build on firm foundations and challenges all of us within the education and skills sector to go further.

“Ensuring the right advice, support and guidance fits seamlessly around a pupil is vital. Schools, colleges, universities and employers must work together to help young people navigate what is, rightly, a wide and varied range of post-school opportunities.

“Taking forward these recommendations will require strong leadership across the sector but will ensure all young people are supported to take the learner journey that is right for them.”

The full review can be found on the Scottish Government website.