Currie Solutions lead the way on the new Scottish Youth Employment StrategyKirstie Aitken, 13th March 2018
with the “Developing the Young Workforce” initiative in Dumfries and Galloway.
Developing the Young Workforce is a dynamic initiative designed to build strong working partnerships between education and the workplace. The main aims are to encourage confidence in the young people, giving them the opportunity to identify career goals whilst gathering key knowledge and skills.
Last year we began working with our first group of students from Dumfries High School and we have just finished our second session.
We work with the local school to develop a creative partnership that introduces students to the workplace and helps them prepare for their working career.
During their weekly placement times the group work with all areas of the business including HR, Health and Safety, Customer Service, Marketing, Fleet Operations, IT, Business Systems and Accounts. At each session they were guided through the various aspects of each department and were also involved with problem solving activities and role play that they would be part of within the daily workplace.
When the course came to completion we wanted to know if the students found the course beneficial. They all agreed that they would recommend the work placement to other students as they felt they had learnt a lot and it allowed them to consider what they wanted from their future career.
One student, Jake Broadfoot explained that it was “good to see inside the premises and all the different aspects that were involved. It was good to see real life work.”
Nathan Corcoran added that “IT is something that I have a keen interest in and whilst working with the IT department we were involved with some real ‘on the job’ problem solving which I enjoyed.”
The team at Currie Solutions have really enjoyed working with the students, it allows the team to reflect on the various roles and responsibilities we take care of and share real life stories with the future workforce, hopefully allowing them to make an educated decision about their future workplace.