Employer Engagement in the Virtual Academy Courses

The HPCP has been working with the Inverness and Central Highland branch of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) to develop ideas about employers becoming more directly involved in Secondary Schools, especially in the Virtual Academy which runs the online / remote-access courses now on offer across most Highland Secondary Schools.

The basic concept is very simple: some courses delivered through the Virtual Academy (and by more traditional methods), for example Business Studies, could benefit from employers offering case studies demonstrating real-world business issues and processes.  Such support could be delivered in many ways, but a simple one is to conduct a web-based interactive seminar and presentation.

DYW has met with Laura Gordon of the Virtual Academy, and agreed various actions, some of which are summarised below.

Virtual Academy Summary & Actions

Course engagement: Consider courses that would be suitable for employer engagement.

Employer engagement: Engage with local employers to seek support.

Case studies:  Consider suitable examples that could be developed into a case study.

The DYW Operational update April 19 may be of interest and you can find out more about the DYW at www.dywich.co.uk.

Contact details are:

Andy MaxtoneProgramme Manager

Inverness & Central Highland | Tel: 01463 228388 | DDI: 01463 228389 | Mob: 07708 412602

Email: andy@dywich.co.uk | Web:  www.dywich.co.uk

Developing the Young Workforce | Metropolitan House | 31-33 High Street | Inverness | IV1 1HT

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