Falkirk Council is working closely with Skills Development
Scotland, local schools and other partners to improve the process
of identifying those most at risk of leaving secondary education
without a positive destination.
Steve Dougan, the Council's Opportunities for All Co-ordinator,
in partnership with transition teams from all Falkirk secondary
schools, is using information from the Data-Hub to identify gaps in
provision and to shape the existing curriculum - for example, by
introducing more vocational training.
Steve explains: "The work undertaken in Falkirk to create a more
user-friendly Data-Hub will enable schools to match the skills
young people are being taught with what employers require - giving
them a key advantage in today's ever-changing labour market."
He adds: "Rather than simply 'shoe-horning' young people into
positions which already exist, we have to be more creative and
forward-thinking in building opportunities for them and the Data
Hub has real potential to help us do that."
Falkirk Council and Skills Development Scotland are looking to
ensure they are able to identify young unemployed people under the
age of 20 and help them find a job. The achievement of this
objective is supported by the data within the Data-Hub which
benefits young people in the Falkirk area.
Steve says: "It will also mean we can identify which partner
organisation has had contact with them so we can agree an
appropriate follow up."
He adds: "Another significant development of the work we are
doing here in Falkirk is that partners will be able, potentially,
to identify immediate demand for provision and have baseline data
which can be used for long term planning at the different stages of
the Strategic Skills Pipeline."