Pupils given a taste of the working world

Employers and SDS staff from left: Jim McAulay (CalMac), Julie Blue and Kenny McMillan (DM Fabrication), Kay Johnston and Caroline McWhirter (SDS), David Leishaman (Stewart, Balfour and Sutherland), Mark Davey (Campbeltown Courier), Lauren Wright and Erin Ferguson (Hair by Iona). 25_c47work01_CGS_employers

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For the first time Campbeltown Courier joined other Kintyre employers at the Grammar Schools S4 learning Through Work event.

Monday’s presentations, by five employers, organised jointly between the school and Skills Development Scotland, give pupils a chance to see the connection between academic learning and the world of work.

The employers talked about their experiences of learning through work.

This year’s other employers at the event were: Julie Blue and Kenny McMillan from DM Fabrication, Lauren Wright and Erin Ferguson from Hair by Iona, Jim McAulay from Cal Mac and solicitor David Leishman representing Stewart, Balfour & Sutherland.

Employers made a presentation and gave the S4 pupils a questions and answer session.

Lauren Wright from Hair by Iona said: ‘It is important to let young people know about apprenticeships as another route into employment and that they do not need to move away to achieve this.’

Teacher Ron Wilson added: ‘Enabling our pupils to see links between what is taught at school and the wider world of work is really important.

‘The entire school community appreciates the effort and time set aside by our participating employers and SDS who delivered a series of interesting and engaging presentations.’

Caroline McWhirter and Kay Johnston from SDS would also like to thank all the employers who gave up their time to particpate.

Ms McWhirter added: ‘We would like to extend special thanks to Louise Dott, Iona McKinlay and Kyle MacLean all from S6 who were instrumental in delivering the event.’