Pupils' achievements recognised at special event
A celebration event has been held to celebrate the My World of Work Ambassadors programme.
Seventy one of the city’s 200 Ambassadors from 15 schools were thanked for their part in the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) programme by SDS Partner Development and Integration Executive Amber Beatson and the City of Edinburgh Council's Vice Convener for Education Councillor Alison Dickie.
Every state secondary school in the city along with Pilrig Park School has now signed up to SDS’s My World of Work Ambassadors programme, meaning Edinburgh is leading the way in participation in the nationwide programme.
Amber Beatson said: “Ambassadors help to show the value of continued use of My World of Work as pupils’ progress through school, linking with the work of SDS careers advisers who are based in every state secondary school in Scotland.
“A training programme is available to pupils and teachers, all supported by myself and my colleagues. Pupils in Edinburgh have also had the chance to take part in events at the Scottish Parliament as well as Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
“I’m hugely proud of what they have achieved this year.”
Anathalie Nicolas, 17, a My World of Work Ambassador from Tynecastle High School, said: “This event has made me realise how much work I’ve put in across the year and how important I am as an Ambassador.”
Created in collaboration with schools across the country, My World of Work Ambassadors is an innovative and inspiring programme from SDS, Scotland’s careers service. Pupils volunteer to act as champions for My World of Work, spreading the word of its resources and activities to their peers, teachers and parents. Throughout the academic year, the school Ambassadors will encourage use and registration of My World of Work.
Taking charge of the programme in school in partnership with SDS supports continuing professional development for teachers and also contributes towards a schools’ delivery of Developing the Young Workforce, Career Education Standard, Curriculum for Excellence and How Good is Our School?
Councillor Dickie, Vice Convener of Education, Children and Families, said: “Our Ambassadors and pupils across Edinburgh are making a vital contribution to their schools and wider community. My World of Work helps empower our young people to be the shapers of their own personalised pathways, and to identify how their strengths and interests fit with the many opportunities out there in this day of flexible careers and transferable skills.
“This has been a bumper year for the Ambassador programme in the city, and it’s great to be able to celebrate their success."
Julie Coyle SDS Operations Area Manager for Edinburgh, said: “I am delighted we have so many young people across the city involved in the My World of Work Ambassadors programme.
“It plays a vital role in supporting schools to use Scotland’s careers web service My World of Work, all the while allowing the pupils involved to build key transferable employability and career management skills which will help them now and in the future.”