Danish Councillors visit Midlothian
A group of Danish Councillors visited Midlothian this week to hear how local pupils are supported in their transition from school to further education or employment.
Seven members of the Committee for Labour Market and Education from Council of Hjorring municipality spent Tuesday morning (17 April) at Midlothian Council’s Fairfield House before visiting Newbattle High School in the afternoon.
Commitee on a study tour
The group from Hjorring, a town in the northern part of Denmark, found out more about how Midlothian Council, schools and other partners work together to help pupils make the move from the classroom to further education or into the workplace.
Their visit to Newbattle High School in the afternoon offered the group an opportunity to learn about Activity Agreements, agreed plans which help young people prepare for employment, training, education and/or volunteering.
Trip facilitated by DYW regional group
The trip was facilitated by the Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) regional group with the committee spending the day before (16 April) hearing about the work of the regional group, particularly The Guarantee, at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.
Thomas Klimek, Chairman of the Committee for Labour Market and Education, Council of Hjorring municipality, said:
“It has been very valuable for the Committee for Labour Market and Education of the Municipality of Hjorring to have a look at the great efforts that Midlothian Council has achieved by focusing on the strengths of every young individual.
“We will return to Denmark and Hjorring carrying with us a lot of inspiration and knowledge about how we can facilitate positive destinations for our young people back home - a new way of thinking, youth, labour and education.”
Mary Smith, Director of Education, Communities and Economy at Midlothian Council, said:
“We were delighted to host the committee from Hjorring this week. Improving pupil transitions so they go onto a sustained positive destination remains a big priority for the Council. We have been able to make great improvements in recent years in this area so the group’s visit was a great opportunity to exchange learning with international peers.
“It was also fascinating to get a bit of insight into how other countries shape their services to support young people reach their full potential.”
Michelle Fenwick, Developing the Young Workforce Programme Manager, Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian Regional Group, said:
“The Council of Hjorring Municipality were very keen to understand the critical success factors of engaging industry in a youth employment vision and Developing the Young Workforce have worked closely with Midlothian Council on improving industry engagement with education.
"This combined with the local activities of the Life Long Learning and Employability team and the Guarantee were the focus for the study tour and over the two day visit we were able to see similarities in policies and service provision, exchanging learning to support added value in our local areas.”
The Guarantee works together with local businesses to offer young people in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian the choice of a job, Modern Apprenticeship, training or further education.
More information about The Guarantee and the work of the DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian group is available on the Edinburgh Chamber website.
Members of the Committee for Labour Market and Education from Council of Hjorring municipality are pictured outside Midlothian House on Tuesday 17 April with Lesley Cairns, Developing the Young Workforce, Midlothian Council, (front row left), Annette Lang, Education Manager Lifelong Learning, Midlothian Council (front row, second from left) and Tommy Lawson, Education Officer Learning Technology, Midlothian Council, (far right). Michelle Fenwick, Developing the Young Workforce Programme Manager, Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian Regional Group, is also pictured (second from right)