Work Out! participants with the cheque for The Ayrshire Hospice
72 enthusiastic young people from South Ayrshire Council secondary schools have been recognised for successfully completing the Council's Work Out! programme.
The achievements of the young people from all eight Council secondary schools and four from Southcraig Campus were acknowledged at a ceremony at The Princess Royal Suite at Ayr Racecourse.
The Work Out! programme, which is in its 5th year gives students, aged from 14 to 18, a fantastic opportunity to experience the world of work and develop practical skills and experience across a range of jobs.
This programme is unique in terms of the partnership approach taken with local businesses who work with the Council to provide valuable work experience opportunities for students through a one day a week placement throughout the School year. This ensures that young people have the opportunity to access a diverse range of work experience such as childcare, property maintenance, greenkeeping, grounds maintenance, hairdressing, beauty, health and social care, hospitality, libraries and museums, and sports and leisure.
At a special awards ceremony this week each of the Work Out! student who completed the programme were presented with a certificate in recognition of their achievements.
Kate O'Hagan, Head of Employee and Customer Services for South Ayrshire Council said: "Our successful Work Out! programme gives young people the opportunity to go out into the world of work and find out what it is really like. The experience they have gained is invaluable and working with a range of businesses has really brought about a sense of community with local employers offering local opportunities for young people.
Some of the young people who took part in the programme spoke about their experiences at the event and the invited guests were able to hear from them how the experience had enhanced their skills:
"I felt the programme has really helped me become more confident and has helped me decide on what I want to do as a career."
"Amazing. It has been a great thing to be involved in."
"The Work Out! programme has been great fun. I would love to do it again!"
"I have more confidence to speak for myself and to others."
The Work Out! participants also decided to volunteer to pack shopping bags at supermarkets and at the awards ceremony presented a cheque to the Ayrshire Hospice for £360 they raised.
Kate O'Hagan concluded: "Every year this programme is going from strength to strength and equipping young people with skills that will help them in their work and personal lives in years to come. This is an example of a really successful initiative that impacts on such a wide range of young people helping them to grow in confidence and develop a sense of what they might like to do in the future. It is a fantastic success."