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.”