What does DYW look like in St Ninian’s?

SDS support

In St Ninian’s we have 2 Skills Development Scotland Career advisers. Katrina Sheppard and Robert Young.

Pupils are invited for interviews throughout their time in school at key stages such as option choices.

Our career advisers are also avilable for informal drop in sessions at lunchtime.  They attend information evenings and parents nights.

All pupils can self refer through Ms Kennedy or their Pastoral teacher.

SAPhIR programme

Resource3 Ltd in partnership with Bright Yellow Thinking Ltd has developed the SAPhIR Programme to offer real world experience to boost the value of preparing to work programmes.

The SAPhIR Programme can give those who need extra help, valuable insight into what is expected in today’s difficult employment market. With real life examples of modern candidate selection techniques in the private sector, the SAPhIR Programme can help those preparing for work gain experience and confidence in presenting themselves for job vacancies.

The course would be aimed at school leavers either S4/S5/S6 who intend to go straight to employment or those who may be progressing to FE or HE and may require a part time job to fund them through their education. Also useful preparation for college or university interviews. For more information click here

College application programme

The College Application Programme has been set up in order to help pupils in S4 and S5, who plan to leave school at summer, to complete their college application forms for next year. The programme provides pupils in S4 and S5 with a mentor to help guide them in choosing appropriate courses to apply for at college. Once the pupils have met one to one with their mentor and identified some courses that they are interested in they will attend the College Application Afternoon, during which time they will be given support from me, Robert Young and Katrina Sheppard the school’s career advisors, members of teaching staff and advisors from Skills Development Scotland. Pupil’s applications will then be tracked and support provided for interviews etc.

My World of Work Ambassador programme

S3 & S4 pupils take up this role and learn leadership skills.  The ambassadors run lessons, have stalls at Career and information evenings and support DYW across the school.

Careers Mentoring

We have a number of professionals who mentor young people in their Career aspirations and support them building a positive plan for their future. Currently we have Mentors from DWP and also some former pupils who work in business.

Widening Participation Programme

Over the last 2 years we have been working with the University of Glasgow to support young people live in a target postcode area or are another priority individual.

We run 4 initiatives in St Ninian’s:

  1. REACH- S5/6 pupils involved
  2. Access to a career – S5/6 pupils involved
  3. Top Up – S6 pupils
  4. Early Secondary – S1 pupils to support options

For more information on widening participation click here