DYW Awards – 2018

July 9, 2018

Now that the summer holidays are here, we would like to offer our congratulations to all the pupils in Moray who received the ‘Developing the Young Workforce in Moray Award’ at their schools’ prize giving ceremonies over the last few weeks.  Each of you have really deserved this award for all your hard work and dedication.  


The successful candidates were awarded due to them ‘actively seeking opportunities to develop their skills for life through learning and working’ in a variety of ways.  Here is a few of our successful winners…


Rachel McKenzie, who was the award winner from Forres Academy has developed significantly through great initiative,


A representative from Forres Academy said,


“Rachel McKenzie has gone from a very shy and quiet young person to one who has grown in confidence and can express herself freely.  Not only has she developed in terms of her relationships with staff in school and peers, she has taken this new-found confidence into the world of work.  She has independently gone to the Forres Credit Union and worked as part of an extremely helpful and dedicated team.  


She has shown commitment and determination as she continued to put hours in on top of her ongoing studies for Highers at school.  She has furthered this experience by volunteering to work as part of the production of a short film about the education sector with Northport Studio.  Rachel has been developing crucial skills for life after school and progressing into the work of work.”


Ryan Roebuck, from Elgin Academy has also done incredibly well.


A representative from Elgin Academy said,


“Ryan has pursued an apprenticeship opportunity with Arnold Clark.  He has been determined to follow up all options and has developed his skills for work immensely this year.”


Josie Greensill, from Keith Grammar School has also sought many opportunities in preparation for the world of work.  Josie was part of the Career Ready programme which saw her being paired up with a business mentor from Moray Chamber of Commerce over two years.  Josie also spent time on work experience with Moray Chamber of Commerce, assisting with events, administration and various other activities. 


Lara Mackay, from Moray Chamber of Commerce said,


“Josie was with us for four weeks on work experience and was a great asset to our team assisting with not only the Moray Chamber, but also Moray Speyside Tourism and DYW Moray.  Josie was very enthusiastic and has been assisting us with various events since completing the Career Ready programme which demonstrates great commitment. It was evident that the programme was not only beneficial for the student, but also offered great development within our organisation – a very worthwhile opportunity for many businesses.”


The remaining award winners from Elgin High School, Buckie High School, Lossiemouth High School, Milnes High School and Speyside High School also did incredibly well, including Hannah Pirie who successfully completed a Foundation Apprenticeship from Lossiemouth High School; Jennifer Miller from Milnes High School won the Career Ready 2018 AstraZeneca STEM Student of the Year in Science and last but not least Marcus Esson from Speyside High School and Lewis Bowman from Elgin High School also done incredibly well this year.


DYW Moray hopes that these awards encourage more young people to take initiative and actively seek more opportunities to better prepare them for the world of work. 


A very well done to all our award winners - have a fantastic very well deserved summer break!

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