17 February 2014
When a young person leaves school
without a definite career or training path in mind, it can be a
Sharing information is a vital step forward in plans to help those
teenagers and young adults make the most of all opportunities
available to them.
Joe Bodman, Opportunities for All co-ordinator at Moray Council,
explains: "Information sharing is part of the strategy aimed at
equipping young people with the skills, knowledge and attitudes in
order that they thrive in life and work once they leave the school
"Identifying those in need of additional support while they are at
school is a prerequisite in ensuring a smooth transition. But once
a person has left school, information sharing throughout the 16 to
19 year phase is equally vital, especially in terms of picking up
and tracking those for whom an initial job, course or training
position has not been successful, or from which they have already
Joe adds that while there are challenges ahead for local
authorities participating in information sharing, the benefits will
"Information sharing does demand more from partners and it is a
challenge to ensure that the process is as streamlined, as timely
and as up to date as possible," he explains.
"It's important that schools recognise the benefits of the data
hub, which is largely about the post-school world. What has helped
in that respect is the roll out of Curriculum for Excellence and in
particular its senior phase."
He adds: "As more key partners, colleges and DWP data share, the
removal of data gaps and duplication in information will make
things easier for front-line staff. And ultimately, we will all be
able to provide a better, more personalised service for young
people, helping more of them into work, study and training."