Sixteen pupils from Dunbar Grammar School and North Berwick High School are among the first in Scotland to be named My World of Work School Ambassadors.
The pilot programme from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is inspired by the web service myworldofwork.co.uk, which offers careers advice and resources for an individual at any stage of their education or working life.
Pupils in six schools in Scotland will get the chance through the pilot to build on lessons they are already learning in classrooms, developing the career management skills they need to make informed decisions about their future.
The School Ambassadors will bring the online world of My World of Work into the real world of their school through a series of events and presentations across the academic year. This will include interactive sessions at parents’ evenings and school events, working with younger pupils to introduce them to the service and the My Strengths tool, talking to their teachers about the resources in My World of Work’s Partner Zone, and making a video diary of their experiences.
There will also be a chance to share ideas and meet fellow School Ambassadors from other pilot schools at a special event in Glasgow in December.
Rachael Adam (17), from North Berwick High School said: “I’m really enjoying being an Ambassador because it teaches me really useful future and life skills such as the ability to stand up and speak in front of large groups of people and how to handle and take on great responsibility. My World of Work has helped my friends learn how to write a CV and prepare for a future interview, and helped my sister in finding a part-time job.”
Pupils taking part in the My World of Work School Ambassadors programme can also use their experiences towards earning their Saltire Awards, SQA Wider Achievement Awards or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Each participant will also receive 3,000 Young Scot points for completing the programme.
Ambassadors are given dedicated support from SDS staff throughout the pilot, including training sessions, face-to-face time for discussion and ideas, group work, and support materials.