Schools Vocational Programme

The Schools Vocational Programme provides a range of practical and vocational learning courses for young people aged 15 -18, who would benefit from additional experience and skills prior to leaving school.

The students who attend the Schools Vocational Programme are young people who would benefit from additional experience and skills prior to leaving school. The courses are offered to these students during their final 12 months of school.

As well as running courses presented by West Lothian Council staff, we employ a number of training providers to deliver a range of programmes including, West Lothian College, The Larder Cook School and SkillForce  

The courses vary in their timing and duration with some running for 10 weeks and others for the full academic year. Students self-travel to these courses, and are expected to catch up on any school work which they miss in their own time.

The courses are designed to help young people develop skills such as communication, working with others, problem solving and ICT. In addition they will develop practical skills which will help them to move on from school into training, or employment.

The Schools Vocational Programme as well as helping to deliver skills, confidence and experience which are invaluable for a young person leaving school also provides them with additional qualifications. These range from First Aid, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene and the West Lothian Employability Award.

For further information contact Stuart McKay Education Development Officer on 07917 599 363 or email stuart.mckay@westlothian.gov.uk