Roadshow just the business for pupils
Schools and businesses mark partnerships
A business roadshow connecting employers to skilled young people was held in Coupar Angus recently.
Developing Young Workforce is an initiative to help support local employers to access skilled young people in their area, and aims to encourage employers across Perth and Kinross to offer work experience opportunities and promote apprenticeships in their business.
Blairgowrie High School and Coupar Angus Primary School both attended the event at the Red House Hotel, which provided an opportunity for people to learn more about the initiative, and invited a number of local businesses and organisations that they are already working with such as BOOKMARK, Growbiz, Coupar Angus Pride of Place and Coupar Angus Youth Activities Group.
Pupils from Coupar Angus Primary School talked about what they had learned during their world of work project earlier this year, which was described by Fiona Reith from Developing Youth Workforce as an amazing project.
Head teacher at Coupar Angus Primary School, Nikki Drew, said: “We were delighted to be asked to come along this morning to talk about the project.
“We already have great support at the school from the local community and this year we felt we wanted to include the whole school, including the nursery, in a project working with local employers and getting young people talking about careers.
“It was a really successful project and certainly surpassed our expectations.”
Teacher Leona Robertson added: “The children can talk really well about careers and skills now and how they can be transferred to jobs that might not have even been invented yet!”
Bev Leslie, head teacher at Blairgowrie High School, said: “We are fortunate that the pupils in Blairgowrie High School are so well supported by local businesses.
“From sponsoring a prize at awards evening, to year-long work placements, to delivering a presentation in class - no matter what has been offered, all of these experiences seek to enhance our own young workforce.
“The more experiences we can give to our young people the more they are likely to be work-ready when they leave education.
“This particular event was a chance to celebrate the employers already supporting our local schools and show how the initiative can bring benefits to local businesses.
“We are very grateful to the employers we already work with and are always keen to encourage others to get involved as well.”
Janey Lambie, chair of the BOOKMARK festival, which was recently awarded a gold standard business partnership certificate from the Beeches Road school, was at the event.
She said: “This is an absolutely brilliant initiative from the Scottish Government and it is superb the way it has been embedded in the curriculum by local schools.
“We have been involved with schools in the area through our Authors in Schools programme, through engagement with the festival at various levels and through presentation of the literacy awards.
“We were delighted to have been awarded a gold certificate and are looking forward to developing our partnership with the schools even further in the future.”
Fiona Reith, the programme’s manager, commented: “The roadshow was a fantastic opportunity for local employers to find out how the young workforce initiative can make a direct difference to their business.
“Many local employers and young people are already reaping the rewards of better links between business and education. It can transform the lives of young people.”
She went on: “Work experience and placements are even more crucial for young people given changes in legislation.
“We will be publishing guidelines for employers and running workshops to help businesses and groups prepare to receive young people on work placements.”
Businesses who wish to get involved with the programme can contact [email protected] or the schools directly.
Bright future Pupils and teachers from Coupar Angus Primary School and Blairgowrie High School at the roadshow event with representatives from Developing Young Workforce