Road­show just the busi­ness for pupils

Schools and busi­nesses mark part­ner­ships

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS - Clare Damodaran

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

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