Motherwell’s brightest new young entrepreneurs have been recognised by the national community education awards. Dalziel High School has been awarded the ‘ Inspiring Career Opportunity Award’ after their careers scheme wowed judges into placing them first, ahead of hundreds of other school entries.
Inspiring Careers is the name of Dalziels’ multi-school project involving the high school and several other primary schools. The aim of said project is to provide ample opportunities for students to learn and prepare for a ‘world of work’.
The project came to be following on from an Employer Skills Survey in 2016. The document highlighted that there was a distinct gap (at least in Scotland) in regards to the skills that employers require. Taking the key skills that were specifically lacking, Dalziel incorporated and developed a series of activities involving their DYW (developing young workforce programme) to help students fill the gap. Activities such as careers fayres, CV building workshops, mock interviews and enterprise events were employed to engage and educate the young entrepreneurs.
Now the DYW programme is fully embedded in school life, becoming a core column of the schools learning. Effects have already been felt with some pupils; one pupil Cameron Patterson has completed a level 4 engineering qualification along with an Arkwright scholarship in one year. Cameron described what the DYW program has done for him: “I have now had a solid introduction into Engineering. The opportunities that have been available at school with the partnership with Amec Foster Wheeler such as Nat 4 Engineering course and the Arkwright Scholarship have given me a head start and have consolidated my desire to continue with my study of STEM subjects. “
“The amount of effort being put into developing and providing opportunities to students in Dalziel is staggering. These are just the things that students need help developing, so that they can have a running start into later life” said Owen from the Community Education Awards when asked to describe why Dalziel had been picked as the winner.
The continuing education and development for students in Dalziel will only get better, the school has assured. Employers look out, a new generation of savvy students is coming.