We are really grateful to the Rotary Club for providing such a realistic opportunity. We hope that we will be able to arrange similar events for our other pupils and are always looking for employers that can help us provide similar experiences of the world of work.
All of our pupils, from S4 to S6 take part in this new programme as a part the schools contribution to Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, a report commissioned by the Sottish Government.
Miss Murray, who is leading the initiative, stated ‘All of our pupils are starting with a core unit, focusing on applying for a job and preparing for interview. They are doing this through our Personal Learning and Planning lessons, which happen once a week. Clearly there is some need for career exploration too. From this point pupils can start to select units to suit the vision they have for their careers as well as the experiences they already have, either through the school curriculum or through extra-curricular activities. They can also revisit units, approaching them from a higher level, as their confidence and expertise grows.’
Patrick Maclean (S5) was one of the pupils that attended the mock interviews and was really pleased with how it went. ‘It was a really good experience. They said I was really confident, that I knew what I wanted to do and that I had looked into it a lot. It was a really good feeling. When I started ASDAN I was really lacking confidence and felt I was shy but I’ve realised that I am much better at this than I thought.’
Geoff Heathcote, secretary of the Rotary Club of Lochaber, congratulated the school and said ‘The pupils we interviewed were a credit to the school. They were bright, confident and very well presented and we thoroughly enjoyed our day with them.’