South Ayrshire pupils 'Work Out' their first steps into employment

 31 May 2016  |  

Scores of pupils from South Ayrshire Council secondary schools who have taken their first steps into the world of work have been officially recognised. 71 young people have successfully completed the local authority's 'Work Out!' programme, which provides year-long practical experience with local employers.

Participants from all eight Council secondary schools and Southcraig Campus were officially acknowledged at a ceremony at The Princess Royal Suite at Ayr Racecourse. Now in its sixth year 'Work Out!' provides students, from S4 to S6, the opportunity to experience the world of work, while developing practical skills across a range of different sectors.

Key to the success of 'Work Out!' is the partnership between the Council and the local businesses community. Students are given work experience opportunities for one day a week throughout the academic year, with placements available across a range of occupational areas in the council, community planning partners, and with local businesses. This extended work experience programme has been designed to help develop participants' confidence, communication, and future employability skills.

Valerie Andrews, Executive Director of Resources, Governance and Organisation, South Ayrshire Council, said, "Now, more than ever, it's important that we equip our young people with the skills they need to make a good start in life.

"These latest awards highlight a partnership that works between schools, our Employability and Skills Team and local organisations, providing fantastic opportunities for our young people while also giving employers access to potential new recruits.

"By providing pupils with the chance to shine in a real working environment we're helping them make the transition from school to employment, which is something that we think is good for everyone."