Steve Dougan, Falkirk Council Opportunities for All Co-ordinator, has been working with staff in all of Falkirk Council’s high schools as well as staff in Forth Valley College to develop the SCOTS (Schools College Opportunities To Succeed) programme for learners in Falkirk. The video below provides a summary of the programme and the positive impact it has had on young people.
Lynne Lauder, Enterprise Co-ordinator, Curriculum Support team delivered the opening session at the latest Small School World of Work day which was hosted by the Scottish Prison Service College at Polmont Young Offenders Institute on 28th February.
The event which was planned, resourced and managed by a team of teachers from the Small School Cluster led by Shirley Garioch from Avonbridge PS, gathered 108 pupils from Avonbridge, Bothkennar, Blackness, California, Drumbowie, Limerigg and Whitecross Primary Schools to undertake four work based sessions with employers.
Workshops were provided by a Veterinary Nurse, Childsmile Consultant, Police Diver, Mathieson’s Baker, Glisten Hairdresser, Scottish Prison Service Officer, the Marketing Manager from the Helix and a farmer from RHET accompanied by Valerie, the Forth Valley model Cow!
Lorraine Hamilton, Work Experience Administrator and Health & Safety Assessor, Falkirk Council Education Services Curriculum Support Team has been working with partners and schools to move to a new database which should make the process easier for all.
The new database (WorkIT) will be up and running for the new session and Work Experience Co-ordinators and Administrators will received training in May/June. Comments made by one school are:
‘appears more user friendly’
‘modern look to it which may appeal to and encourage pupils to input more info.’
‘extended placement info seen clearly’.