Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)

Today we learned about DYW.  We spoke about all of the different jobs you can do. We also spoke about the qualities that you would need to get a job.  We worked in teams to create life-size characters that we wrote jobs, skills and qualities around.

We decided that this year we would like to have a DYW day, mock interviews for the P7s and Guess the Job game for the infants with real people about their jobs.

We are also going to write to parents/carers to invite them in to share information about their jobs with us.

We had a busy morning.

by Sophie & Tommy & the committee.

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Catrine Primary Catch Your Career Festival

Catrine Primary’s Catch Your Career Festival was a roaring success. A raft of companies from a range of industries visited the school to share with the children the skills and qualities needed for their jobs. The children got the chance to visit every company and participate in the fun interactive sessions and hear first-hand the opportunities open to young people.

The DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) Committee, made up of pupils from P1-7, have worked tirelessly to prepare for the event which was supported by Developing the Young Workforce – Ayrshire & The Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce. They have researched employability skills, surveyed pupils and gathered information about the careers of parents. On top of this they made invites for the businesses, designed posters and set up the hall ahead of the event. On the day they were in charge of time keeping and photography as well as supporting the organisation of the pupils in their groups.

Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to explore the industries and find out all about how the skills they learn at school can be transferred to the workplace as well as hearing about a vast range of careers.

It wasn’t only the pupils who had a great time. The businesses also had a brilliant time. See below for their feedback!

Sovereign Credit Union- “Lovely, polite, interesting children. Lots of input and participation. Thank you for your invitation.”

Craighead Country Nursery School – “Thank you for being so welcoming – you were very organised with tables and timing system. The boys and girls were all excellent listeners and I hope they got something out of it.”

Royal Bank of Scotland – “Great engagement from the kids. Good questions and very well behaved.”

Police Scotland – “Great event, kids amazing. Lots of questions.”

Shire Housing – “BRILLIANT! Young people really got into the activities and made the event really fun.”

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Developing the Young Workforce

Today the Developing the Young Workforce Committee had their second meeting.  They came up with over 100 different jobs that can be done in lots of different settings before picking their favourites and listing the skills and qualities that are needed for them. They then surveyed everyone in the school to find out the types of jobs that their parents/carers have.  They created a pie chart to display their findings.

They also explored the ‘My World of Work’ website which is available for P5 and up.  It has lots of fun quizzes to complete which then matches you to areas of work that might interest you.  It also builds a profile about you based on your answers – it was really accurate! (Check out Eryn’s below)

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To finish off they brainstormed some enterprise ideas before completing a team building activity to create a Knex Bridge. They had to use lots of different skills like communication, problem solving and team work.


Developing the Young Workforce Committee

Meet our Developing the Young Workforce Committee.

Our aims this year are to:

  • Raise awareness of DYW and what it means in our school
  • Raise awareness of the skills we are learning in school that will support us in life and work.
  • Host a Jobs Fayre
  • Organise an Enterprise Event

We hope you will support us in achieving our goals.

Meet our Developing the Young Workforce Committee.