Pathways gives school leavers with disabilities equal opportunities to gain recognised music qualifications with the aim of increasing their access to further learning, training and employment.
In partnership with the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund and Edinburgh College, we run a year-long accredited music technology course from August to June from our studio which enables 8 young people with learning disabilities such as autism gain a SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority) SCQF level 4&5 certificate in Music Technology.
All of the participants have a keen interest in music technology but, because of difficulties with communication and social interaction, are not yet able to attend full-time courses in a College setting. Drake Music Scotland has designed a project which will still challenge them in this specific field of study but at the same time provide the special support they need in the fully accessible and safe environment of our Edinburgh studio.
Since it began in 2010, the course has achieved a 98% pass rate. 60% of participants have gone on to further education (including full-time study at Perth College and Edinburgh College) with 40% taking on work/ voluntary experience (including Royal Lyceum Theatre and Tinderbox Project Frontiers Orchestra).
We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start for supporting this programme in 2017-19.