Getting ready for Work Out!
100 students from South Ayrshire Council schools are stepping out into the big wide world to gain valuable work experience, as they participate in the Council's Work Out! programme.
The programme is aimed at young people aged between 14 and 17 and provides an opportunity to gain real work experience across a range of vocational areas.
The students work across Council services and also with local employers who support the programme. The variety of opportunities is very extensive with students gaining practical skills in areas such childcare, joinery and plumbing, grounds maintenance, health care, hospitality and retail.
During the 2015/16 academic year each student attends their Work Out! placement one day per week. At the end of the programme, pupils will attend a graduation ceremony where their achievements will be recognised.
Councillor John Hampton, Young People's Champion for South Ayrshire Council said: "The Work Out" experience really does change the lives of young people, it opens their eyes to the vast range of opportunities and choices available to them.
"Being at work is very different from being in a school environment, and pupils will need to be dedicated to keep up with their studies as well as going out to work.
"The training certificates are a positive indication that the young people are committed to applying themselves whether they go straight into employment or go on to further education."
Five years ago the Work Out! programme started with 12 students and it has grown to now helping around 100 students each academic year.
Some students who have previously taken part in Work Out! had this to say::
"I have felt the programme has really helped me become more confident and has helped me decide on what I may want to do for my future career"
"The Work Out! programme has been great fun. I would love to do it again!"