We teamed up with Skills Development Scotland at the weekend to attend a careers fair for local young people who are, or have been, care experienced.
The event was organised by the Children and Families Team at Orkney Health and Care (OHAC) and was a chance for young people to meet employers in a relaxed and informal environment and learn more about some of the different jobs that are available with businesses in Orkney. SDS and ourselves provided information about career management skills, CV writing and information on the different learning and training pathways available.
Last week, we took part in the #ajobforeverybody campaign, which aims to highlight the barriers to employment that some people face. Did you know that young people who have been in care are less likely to be in a positive destination nine months after leaving school? They often suffer from low self-esteem and a lack of confidence and knowledge when entering the job market. Events like these can help them to make the first step in connecting with an employer and finding out about their options into different careers.
We were delighted to see around 11 local businesses attending the event, giving the young people present a chance to try out some interactive activities while learning about the jobs on offer to them in Orkney. Some of the activities on offer included Lego, a Nerf gun game and a giant Snakes and Ladders board, while Scottish Fire and Rescue even brought along one of their fire engines.
Thanks to the team at OHAC for organising the event.