Below Lauren Wright, Partner at Wink and McKenzie shares her experience on engaging with Developing the Young Workforce and explains why she feels its a great opportunity for employers to get involved! Lauren said,
"I believe it is extremely beneficial for school children of all ages to have an insight as to the opportunities that may be available to them across not only the types of careers available but also the various careers paths and routes available, whether that is through further education, work experience or other types of training.
It is so important for employers to use DYW Moray as an opportunity to engage with the local community and to inform children at a young age as to what may be expected of them. It is also valuable for employers to gain an insight into the minds of the school children and what their expectations may be for their chosen path.
DYW Moray gives employers an opportunity to find out how children think these days and what their attitude to work and careers is because often employers are so detached from the views and attitudes of the youth of today, just simply because they may be in their 30s, 40s or 50s and it’s been a long time since they were 12 or 16 etc and so much has changed in that time.
Not only that but it is important for employers to give back to schools because even 10 years ago, there wasn’t much emphasis on the future for school children, it was more just a case of “complete your exams and off you go into the world” but now employers getting involved with events that DYW put on have a real opportunity to have a positive influence on school children by helping them see all their options, which may not necessarily be going to university.
By employers visiting schools and showing children all the types of options open to them, that it helps school children see that if they leave school not knowing what it is they want to do, that’s ok because there are so many routes and options available, and they don’t necessarily need to have their life mapped out at age 16! I didn’t!"
If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved with DYW Moray and engage with the schools and Moray College UHI, please email Aimee on firstname.lastname@example.org.