Supporting the future workforce

Release Date: 28 August 2017

The future is looking bright at Dundee and Angus College as the Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn discovered when he launched D&A Future Talent.

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Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn (left) at the launch of D&A Future Talent.

This wrap-around careers management service, the first to be launched by a Further Education college in Scotland, supports school pupils, D&A College students and unemployed with advice, guidance and practical help to inform and progress their career.

At the centre is the Career Coach tool – an online service which enables potential learners to identify their ideal career through an assessment quiz, review local employment market data, view ‘live’ job vacancies and link with college courses.

As well as careers guidance, the college offers practical advice on CV building, application forms and personal statements plus mock interviews.

This exciting, new initiative was created in response to Education Scotland’s 2016 paper ‘The Development of Learner Employability in Scotland’s Colleges’, which identified key areas for development including career management skills and strategies to increase learners’ knowledge of the workplace.

Dundee and Angus College, supported by Fairways, offers a collection of products, services and activities which enables businesses to recruit, retain and grow their future workforce and develop the employability and enterprise skills of all learners.

Over the last year the college, along with external partners including Skills Development Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce, has supported more than 800 apprenticeships and upskilled staff within around 650 businesses. 

Vice Principal for Curriculum and Attainment, Simon Hewitt said: “At Dundee and Angus College we are keen to move away from the traditional thinking and we want to focus much more on careers not courses. We want the people of the Dundee & Angus region to be better informed and prepared for the career options available to them, no matter what stage they are at.

“The Future Talent initiative uses up-to-date labour market information to plan and create courses and services. It engages with schools to offer deeper careers advice and guidance, delivering both structured and bespoke sessions around CV writing, interview skills, career planning and transition support.

“Dundee and Angus College are committed to supporting regional growth and are dedicated to raising the productivity levels of the region through the Future Talent initiative.”

At the official launch at the Gardyne Campus, the Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn met some of the new apprentices and took the D&A Future Talent Tour which included completing his very own career quiz!

Mr Hepburn said: “D&A College’s new careers management service is a fantastic resource which will help give students the confidence and practical advice they need to find employment.

“This builds on the college’s existing work with the local Developing the Young Workforce groups which is working with employers in the area to identify skills gaps and help them meet their current and future workforce needs.

“The Scottish Government’s support for DYW group forms part of our overall commitment to building a skilled and educated workforce which includes our Modern Apprentices and a new Flexible Workforce Development Fund which will help to up-skill or re-skill employees.”