The Developing the Young Workforce Report states its aim is to reduce Scottish youth unemployment by 40% by 2021. The programme is closely aligned with the Scottish Attainment Challenge and states that all young people, between the ages of 3 and 18 should be given the opportunity to develop their learning and understanding of the skills needed to gain lasting employment. This falls in line with the eight indicators of wellbeing, particularly ‘Achieving’ that are detailed in the Getting It Right For Every Child approach (Scottish Government, 2012). In addition to this, the SQA Skills Framework for Learning, Life and Work states that it is important for young people to have skills and attributes such as a positive attitude to work in order for them to thrive.
In order for learners to value their time spent in the classroom, they must see a link with the world outside of school. Scottish Government states that it is the responsibility of the teacher to deliver a curriculum that engages young people in discussion regarding the skills and responsibilities placed on employees and that encourages young people to consider a more diverse range of career opportunities (Education Scotland, 2015).
The aim of this Professional Enquiry was to establish what effect, if any, linking learning to real life situations will have on learners’ engagement.