Over the past month schools across Scotland have been involved in World of Work Week 2017. The programme, which brings together young school children with companies around Scotland, helps to bridge the gap between them and the wealth of information around today's occupations and what each entails on a day to day basis.
The main aim of the programme is to raise children's aspirations about the opportunities they have available to them in the world of work and to develop innovative and creative skills. It also gives the opportunity to develop an awareness of a variety of careers, demonstrating the links between skills learned at school and success later in life.
On Tuesday 6th June, ACCESS was asked to be a part of the programme by presenting to the P6 and P7 pupils at St Paul's Primary School in Shettleston. This was the second time ACCESS was asked to be involved with four of our employees making the journey over to the East End of Glasgow.
Caroline Loudon & Peter McGuigan from Service Delivery and Fiona MacDonald & Darren Kennedy from HR, OD & Comms were on hand to teach and present the different career possibilities available within a company such as ACCESS. Having this one to one interaction really sparked a number of pupil's interest with a few budding IT professionals expected in the near future. It also helped to encourage career related activities and promote self-esteem from a young age.
A number of other organisations were present including Kelvinside College, Celtic Football Club and Prison Services to name just a few, giving the pupils a real awareness of the different options available.
All Glasgow young people are entitled to opportunities for developing skills for learning, life and work. These skills are relevant from early years helping to develop lifelong learners in their adult, social and working lives. ACCESS is proud to continue to support this initiative and look forward to educating young minds in the future, as well as, forging contacts inside the local community with the importance of the pupil's wellbeing and success at the forefront.
Finally, thank you to the boys and girls at St Paul's for the thoughtful card and gift at the end of it!