The Oban Times - - Districts -

PUPILS at Raasay Pri­mary School have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the world of work.

Nor­mal lessons were put aside to al­low pupils to take part in work­shops cover­ing a wide range of pro­fes­sions as part of the De­vel­op­ing Young Work­force pro­gramme.

Head teacher Wilma Dun­can ex­plained: ‘We place great em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ing knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in our young peo­ple both within and outwith the class­room. Vo­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences, pro­vided by our lo­cal com­mu­nity, of­fer young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to gain vi­tal skills and ex­pe­ri­ences and en­hance their un­der­stand­ing of skills de­vel­op­ment that links the class­room learn­ing to that of the wider world.’

Each pupil had a skills pass­port which they com­pleted af­ter each work­shop to help them re­flect on their work.

At the be­gin­ning of the week, chil­dren iden­ti­fied the skills they thought they had and the ar­eas they would like to de­velop.

They then took part in work­shops rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous ca­reer paths in­clud­ing chef, para­medic, per­sonal trainer, com­puter cod­ing, re­cep­tion­ist, hair­dresser, roofer, civil engi­neer, brick­layer, ar­chi­tect, crofter, sil­ver­smith, gar­dener, house­keeper, yoga tu­tor, dry stone walling and den­tal nurse.

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