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School pupils learn new skills fit for the digital future

Published on:


March 2023

A group of Alloa school pupils is learning new digital skills on an innovative programme focused on enterprise and employability.

Lornshill Academy has partnered with Alloa ed-tech start-up ‘Digitize’ to offer the ‘Digitize Pathways Programme’.

Digitize Pathways gives the young people a chance to work through online challenges to earn skills badges in areas including cyber security, data analysis, web design, games development and digital marketing.

 The young people are partnered with a mentor who meets with them to support their progress. They also have supported in-person sessions at Co.Lab.

The programme also sees them develop a portfolio website/digital CV to showcase their achievements and the opportunity to work on a live project.

 The traditional model of academic education isn’t for everyone, and the digital revolution offers new skills and pathways to careers.

Already the team have had success after three young unemployed people they worked with went onto full-time digital careers.

Phil Arnold, deputy head teacher at Lornshill, said: “The Digitize Pathways project has been really exciting and has allowed us to explore more diverse and bespoke pathways to try to support every young person with their learning.

“We are really pleased with the progress of all the young people involved and look forward to developing our partnership with Co.Lab over the coming months.”

Spokesperson for Education, Councillor Graham Lindsay said: “This innovative programme is a great opportunity for our young people to develop new skills which will stand them in good stead for the future and perhaps even an exciting digital career. I wish all involved every success.”