Danish Councillors visit Midlothian
20 April 2018
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.
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.
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,
"It has been very valuable for the Committee for Labour Market
and Education of the Municipality of Hjoerring 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 Hjoerring 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
Michelle Fenwick, Developing the Young Workforce
Programme Manager, Edinburgh, Midlothian & East Lothian
Regional Group, said:
"The Council of Hjørring 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 here.