Moray Pupils to be the first in their school to receive 'The Developing the Young Workforce in Moray' Awards

June 29, 2017

The Moray Schools are now finishing for their Summer Break this week which means that each of the Award Ceremonies have come to a close.


DYW Moray would like to congratulate all of the pupils on receiving their awards but particularly would like to congratulate those who were the first in their school to win ‘The Developing the Young Workforce in Moray’ Award.


Please see the recipients of this award below: 

Speyside High School - Rachel Wilson

Keith Grammar School - Hannah Gill
Buckie High School - Eilidh McDermott

Lossiemouth High School - Courtney Stewart & Mollie West

Milne’s High School - Rebecca Andrews

Forres Academy - Fiona Rhind

Elgin Academy - Euan Jackson
Elgin High School - Scott Collie & Liam Bell
Pinefield Campus - Elliott Bowie


DYW Moray gifted all Moray Secondary Schools and Moray College UHI with the "Developing the Young Workforce in Moray" Award and this was presented to the student/s who actively sought opportunities to develop their skills for life, learning and work.  Members of DYW Moray Board presented this award at each of the ceremonies.


Moray College UHI are to present their ‘Developing the Young Workforce in Moray’ award in their October 2017 Awards Ceremony.  


Moira Stickle DYW Moray - Manager said "this is the perfect opportunity to recognise the efforts of our young people who have actively demonstrated their commitment to develop their employability skills".


The DYW Moray team thought it would be valuable to recognise those who have done well in trying to develop their employability skills and not just those who were academically able.  Thus, a tangible shield or cup was offered to each of the schools to merit those who had achieved this. Thereafter, the hope is that it will attract other pupils to seek and take up opportunities to develop these skills. 


DYW Moray contacted each award winner and asked them to provide an insight about how they had achieved the award, and how this experience may benefit them in the future.  


There were many excellent examples of how our young people took responsibility for developing their employability skills, and we learned:-


One pupil had personally contacted numerous organisations to seek relevant work experience which was undertaken during their Easter break.  This pupil has now secured an Apprenticeship (Painting & Decorating).- an excellent outcome for the individual, school and DYW Moray.  Another pupil, as well as arranging their own work experience, spent a lot of time visiting workplaces


Many of the award winners confirmed their role models in life were members of their own family.  One pupil said "my Mum, Dad and Older Sister inspire me as they work incredibly hard and have guided, encouraged and supported me on my journey to employment"


Many pupils said that they now better understand how important being able to demonstrate determination, enthusiasm and a positive image to any prospective employers.



Some of the pupils photographs can be seen below.  




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