We were really pleased to be able to re-launch the revised My Skills, My Future (MSMF) resource recently at one of our newly designed workshops.
My Skills, My Future aims to support individuals by identifying the skills they have gained through informal learning such as a hobby or part-time job and benchmark these to the SCQF so individuals can see the level of their learning and start to make a plan of action for the future with the help of a facilitator.
The MSMF resource was originally developed back in 2013 primarily to support young people with little or no formal qualifications. During those original pilots, it was proved that people who know the level of their learning tend to have increased confidence and can more easily re-engage and plan their future.
The pack has also been successfully used with older learners including adult returners, those who have been made redundant and those leaving care.
Since its original launch, more than 300 advisers and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds, including CLD, third sector, and SDS, have been trained to use the pack with their clients. We also developed a Train the Trainer workshop so that advisers could share their learning with colleagues.
In 2015/16 research was undertaken to establish how well the resource was working with individuals. The research proved that whilst advisers felt that the resource was extremely beneficial for individuals, there were a few areas that needed improving.
A working group was set up to undertake a review of the pack in June 2016 and it has now been re-designed and re-launched. The improved and professionally designed resources are less complex, more effective and are easier to follow.
The next workshop on 22 February is now fully subscribed but bookings are being taken for Thursday 23 March and for those who have previously attended a workshop and used the old resource we are also hosting a refresher on Thursday 9 March.
If you or a colleague would like to attend, you can book online at http://scqf.org.uk/events/
Additional workshops will take place throughout 2017, so please keep an eye on the website for future dates to be announced.