Category Archives: DYW

Gary Dempsey Visit

Recently our developing the young workforce team invited Gary Dempsey from the @GlasgoPodcast into school to discuss with an audience of senior pupils how many people from Central Scotland have turned their ideas and dreams into successful and lucrative businesses. The radio presenter Ali Wright, Chris Shaw who is the founder of Box Fresh and actor and agent Reece Donnelly also attended the event. Our senior pupils thoroughly enjoyed a Q&A session which offered lots of helpful advice.

DEC Project

Recently our developing the young workforce staff invited the award-winning team behind the learning program for digital built environment and infrastructure education ‘Design…Engineer…Construct’ (DEC) into school for a five-day project with our S3 pupils. The pupils were tasked to design a net zero McDonald’s restaurant and over the five days participated in a series of workshops which looked at idea generation and problem solving, with sessions such as 3D modelling and design overview being offered. It was a great week and for completing their designs the pupils were rewarded with a feast from McDonald’s.

Career services update

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the closure of the school, Skills Development Scotland cannot deliver career services face to face, but they are still there to help.

You can contact your school Careers Adviser Joseph Martin, for career information, advice and guidance on 07827 883140 or by emailing as well as visiting

Developing the Young Workforce Competition

The school recently ran a developing the young workforce and My World of Work Scotland competition where pupils were challenged to investigate different jobs and sectors and then produce a poster or slideshow that covered key points, such as: useful subjects, qualifications required, what the job is like and how much you could earn. Fantastic entries were submitted from various departments but the eventual winners were: S4 pupil Craig Young who researched working in a hospital; S2 pupils Terri Rodger and Mateusz Majewski who looked at being a furniture designer and aerospace engineer respectively; S5 pupil Calum Park who investigated what it’s like to work as a personal trainer, and finally Oliwia Marek, who looked into the hotel industry. Congratulations to all of the winners for their fantastic informative work.


As part of their SCQF Employability Award, a group of S5 pupils recently watched ‘Coach Carter’ to prepare for their “Building Employability Skills” Unit. The pupils also looked at different styles of leadership and the many links to the working world! This is part of the ongoing commitment by the school to develop the young workforce.