Pupils prepare for world of work

Teachers Niall Corser and Kim Hall, pupils Morgan Smithies and Jade Buchan with Pete Matthews and Martin Johnstone
Teachers Niall Corser and Kim Hall, pupils Morgan Smithies and Jade Buchan with Pete Matthews and Martin Johnstone

Pupils from Ellon Academy took part in an event to launch an employer and school partnership designed to help prepare young people for the world of work.

As part of Aberdeenshire Council’s internal Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Strategy, the local authority partnered with Ellon Academy in a first for the area on Friday, April 28.

Developing the Young Workforce at a national level is the Scottish Government’s youth employment strategy, which aims to significantly reduce youth unemployment in Scotland by 2021.

One of the main objectives of DYW is that employers and schools should enter into long term partnerships which focus on preparing young people for employment.

Deputy Head Teacher, Kim Hall, said: “The key aim of this partnership is to support young people to gain the skills for learning, life and work they require for post school education and employment.

“We are delighted to have Aberdeenshire Council as our committed, ‘Flagship’ business partner to work with us jointly to achieve this aim.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Human Resources, Laura Simpson, said: “As a large employer, we are well positioned to help give young people inspiration, knowledge and skills as they transition through school and into employment.

“We offer a huge diversity of jobs and careers, and this partnership presents a great opportunity to promote Aberdeenshire Council.

“The partnership was first suggested by Martin Johnston, Schools and Business Coordinator for DYW North East.”