Chamber Award recognises the breadth and depth of work experience
Carrick Academy in Maybole has just won the 'Education and Business Partnership' category at the regional Chamber Awards 2018.
The Chamber Awards which recognise business excellence are always keenly contested, so to win a regional title is major achievement.
The school secured top spot for their work with local businesses aimed at getting young people ready for employment.
Placements in cafes, primary schools, nursing homes, factories, health clinics and with a local vet have helped young people at the school achieve their Skills for Work Level 5 and 6 Personal Development Award.
The judges were particularly impressed with the strong links the school has forged with the Carrick Centre which operates a café, soft play and hall hire service.
The centre has provided a number of opportunities for the young workers on everything from admin and ICT to childcare and grounds maintenance.
Not only has attending the centre allowed the youngsters to sharpen their employability skills but they have also been able to complete a number of courses and workshops on first aid, food hygiene, health & safety, cookery and volunteering to boost their employability credentials even further.
Councillor William Grant, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "Congratulations to the school and the young people who have worked extremely hard to enhance their employability skills.
"This award recognises the SQA's continued signposting to Carrick Academy as a school of best practice and that many young people have gone on to positive destinations with the help of this work experience.
"The placements continue to play a crucial role in the personal development of senior pupils as they prepare for life beyond the classroom and I'm sure the good work will continue."
Johnny Rusk Depute Head Teacher at Carrick Academy said: "Our senior pupils benefit greatly from their work experience, not just in terms of the developments in key employability skills but also in the "softer skills" of communication and teamwork."
Coral McMillan, Development Coordinator at The Carrick Centre said: "We're proud to work in partnership with such a successful and forward thinking school. This award acknowledges the benefits of working in partnership to gain the best experiences for young people in our community."
The school will now go through to the national finals which take place on 29 November in London.