Fife is top of the class for careers education

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Published: Friday 10 Nov 2017 by Fife Council

Torbain Primary School Pupils

Torbain Primary School Pupils

Primary schools across the region have been among the first to start using innovative new career education tools on Scotland’s careers website My World of Work.

 

The three digital tools have been designed for primary 5-7 pupils and their teachers to support career education in the classroom.

 

Personality quiz Animal Me helps to start conversations with children on their skills and qualities, and how they might relate to work, matching pupils to an animal – such as a koala, panther or sea horse - who shares their personality traits. The interactive tool also provides information to the pupil on their personality, skills and the types of careers that might suit them.

 

The Skills Builder helps pupils see how the skills and values they are learning in and out of school link to the world of work, and enable them to begin building their own skills profiles. My Interests helps pupils identify their interests and see how they can help them in the future.

 

Packed with information, advice and tools for people of all ages, My World of Work supports the work of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) careers advisers in schools and careers centres.

 

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener - Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “Young people start soaking up ideas about careers from a very young age - and it’s never too young to start thinking about career options.

 

“Skills Development Scotland’s My World of Work includes a wide range of online tools, information and advice to help people develop career management skills and career planning. All this is supporting Fife’s Developing the Young Workforce plan to ensure that all pupils secure the skills that prepare them for their future career.

 

“Fife Council is committed to providing young people with the right education, training and experience to get into fulfilling jobs and careers. We’re working hard to ensure that young people have access to a range of quality work-based learning opportunities and careers advice to enhance learning and prepare them for work.

 

 “This is one of a range of programmes are taking place Fife to produce motivated, work-ready pupils and promote a Fairer Fife.”

 

Susan Rees, SDS Partner Development & Integration Executive, said: “The response from schools across Fife in their use of the career education tools on My World of Work has been impressive, and shows the impact that the tools can have for young people and their teachers.

 

“Both the Education Department and Fife’s Developing the Young Workforce Board have been forward thinking in embracing the tools. Working closely with them I’ve visited all the primary school clusters to deliver information sessions and training, and will continue to support teachers as they embed the tools into their teaching.”

 

Torbain Primary School is taking a wide-ranging approach to delivering careers education to pupils.

 

For example, the school hosts an annual careers fair, which is attended by a number of employers, and learning from this was reinforced using My World of Work’s tools.

 

Torbain Primary School pupils are using My World of Work’s tools for primary 5-7 pupils as part of their school’s drive to embed career education that could suit their personality type across the curriculum. Over 100 pupils have already used the digital resource, and found it hugely beneficial.

 

Claire Dingwall, Principal Teacher, Torbain Primary School, said: “My World of Work supports the work we’re doing in the classroom in an interesting, interactive and accessible way. It’s increasing pupils’ awareness of potential jobs that they could one day be doing, and opening their eyes to types of careers that they maybe didn’t realise exist. The digital tools provide an interesting and engaging way to highlight skills to young people and for self-assessment. As feedback is specific, pupils can start thinking about their skills, qualities and strengths, and how they can get even better in these areas.”

 

Torbain takes part in a range of other programmes that develop essential workplace skills by challenging childrens' team building, creativity and enterprising skills. For example, it is one 15 primary schools across Fife that have taken part in Fife Council’s 4 to Fortune Challenge, where pupils are challenged to raise as much money as they can for charity - starting with just £4. The primary 6/7s have four weeks to use their cash to make, mend and buy items they can sell.

 

Torbain also offers jobs to primary 7 pupils throughout the school, that help them develop their skills and experience of working life.

 

Links with local businesses boost the career prospects and the workplace skills of young people. To find out more about Developing the Young Workforce in Fife and to get involved visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/DYW

Ray Fernie, Employability Co-ordinator 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 43 24 Contact Ray Fernie online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

Derek Brown, Head of Education & Children's Services (Senior Phase & Employability) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 48 02 17 Contact Derek Brown online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

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