Last Thursday as part of our Flexible Afternoon Programme S1 were involved in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ Activity linked to the Virgin Money ‘Make £5 Grow’. As part of the project Virgin Money have provided a loan of £5 per pupil to help them learn about enterprise by starting a small business and making their money grow. Pupils are split into groups and pool their money to design and develop a product or a service. Last week they then pitched their idea to a group of loaal Dragons (or Entrepreneurs as they prefer to be called).
Ideas from the teams were diverse and included everything from creating personalised wooden keyrings to making and selling doughnuts.
Louise Jones from Cairngorm Futures said, “It’s great to give young people the chance to take part in this sort of activity. I was really impressed by how prepared and professional some of the groups were and what a great learning experience for the groups who are going to see their initial ideas turn into a business reality”
Massive thanks to the following local companies for providing their expertise Cairngorm Futures Ltd, Frontier Science, Loch Insh Watersports, La Taverna, Mark Lynch Engineering, Deb Tait Garage Doors, Ricky Grant Plumbing, Ampla Vella Salon, Spey Services, Cairngorm National Park, Toncam Flooring, Walker Construction, Wondering Woman and SpeySound Radio. It is great to have such support from the local community!
Four Kingussie High School pupils are among the first in Scotland to be named as My World of Work School Ambassadors.
The pilot programme from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is inspired by the web service myworldofwork.co.uk, which offers careers information, advice and resources for an individual at any stage of their education or working life.
Pupils in six schools in Scotland will get the chance through the pilot to build on lessons they are already learning in classrooms, developing the career management skills they need to make informed decisions about their future.
The School Ambassadors will bring the online world of My World of Work into the real world of their school through a series of events and presentations across the academic year. This will include interactive sessions with younger pupils to introduce them to the service and the My Strengths tool, talking to their teachers about the resources in My World of Work’s Partner Zone, and making a video diary of their experiences.
16 year old My World of Work School Ambassador Rebecca Gale from Kingussie High School said: “I’m really enjoying being a My World of Work School Ambassador because I get to take part in events and I get to take a leadership role. Since joining I have learned that I love working in groups and discussions, leading me into an interest in marketing and working with others.”
The Kingussie High School pupils are also using their My World of Work School Ambassador experience towards earning Saltire Awards, and have already been awarded the Team Challenge Saltire Award. Each participant will also receive three thousand Young Scot points for completing the programme.
My World of Work School Ambassadors are given dedicated support from SDS staff throughout the pilot, including training sessions, face-to-face time for discussion and ideas, group work, and practical resources and support materials.
SDS Depute Director of Digital Services George Boag said “The energy and dedication of the pupils who’ve volunteered to become My World of Work School Ambassadors is so impressive. Not only are they building up their own skills and confidence, they’re also making a vital contribution to the wider school community, and I want to thank them for getting involved with such gusto. I’d also like to thank all of our partners taking part in this pilot for their help in developing such a worthwhile programme.”
Lots of interest in the home made Christmas Decorations from Shining Enterprise (one of the KHS Young Enterprise Groups) at the KHS Parent Council Coffee Morning on Saturday in Talla Nan Ros, Kingussie and also in Inverness at the Christmas Market.
At Talla Nan Ross stock was completely sold out and the group even took a couple of back orders!
Shining Enterprises will also be selling their wears at the Kingussie High Schools Christmas Concert on Wednesday night.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Parent Council Coffee Morning – over £300 was raised for the Support Centre.