DYW Moray were delighted to participate in the Meaningful May Programme that engages a number of pupils in Moray to develop their employability skills in a constructive way. The young people involved in the programme came from all of the 9 Secondary Schools and were below the school leaving age with a selection of National qualifications that did not require external exam.
During exam leave the normal school timetable was suspended which offered Education a unique chance to concentrate on skills development and the understanding of the world of work for these students with no exams. Local businesses and partners delivered a range of workshops, visits and challenges throughout an employability focused week to allow the pupils an enriched curriculum to support ideas, aspirations and goals they may have for any potential career path. Furthermore, all students had the opportunity to develop the learning from the employability week during a 2 week work placement, hosted by a local employer.
DYW Moray delivered 6'Your Digital Presence' workshops which explained how the negative use of Social Media can affect employability potential. A number of real life examples were used to show the young people the consequences of being negative on social media. Furthermore, MJD Systems, an IT Company from Spey Bay, Fochabers also participated in the workshops where they taught the importance of Internet Safety and what can happen if students are not careful online. The workshops were very well received.
Meaningful May concluded yesterday with a celebration event where each pupil who successfully completed the programme, received a certificate of completion. The students will then receive their Official National 4 Employability Award (SQA Certificate) in August.
Speyside High School Pupils with their certifications (left) and a Keith Grammar pupil receiving their certificate from Vivienne Cross, Head of schools (right).
DYW Moray would like to congratulate all of the students who successfully completed the programme and wish them the best of luck in their pathway to employment.