Stromness Academy pupils have had a busy week of careers inputs as part of the school’s second annual Careers Week.
The week has been developed to support pupils in S3, who will shortly be making their subject choices for the Senior Phase (S4-6), which can influence where they will end up after school.
Following a successful event last year, NHS Orkney in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Orkney, held a ‘Day in the Life’ event at The Balfour on Friday 15 November. These events help young people learn more about the range of health and social care careers that are available with NHS Orkney.
The ‘Day in the Life’ event was open to interested pupils from S3-S6 at secondary schools throughout Orkney.
Exam results will be published on Tuesday 6 August 2019, and if your results are not what you expected, don’t panic you still have options – and there are experts on hand to help you navigate the next part of your journey.
From 8am on Tuesday 6 August, a dedicated Exam Results Helpline from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will be running with Careers Advisers waiting to answer calls and offer advice, information and support to young people and their parents.
You can call the helpline on 0808 100 8000. It will be open from 8am-8pm on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August, then 9am-5pm on weekdays from Thursday 8 to Wednesday 14 August 2019.
If you’d rather speak to a familiar face, on Tuesday 6 August, Findlay will be holding an exam results drop-in session at Stromness Academy between 10am and 3pm while Karen will be in the KGS between 9am-3pm.
You can also speak to Careers Advisers at the SDS Careers Centre in Kirkwall. You can either drop into the centre or give them a call on 01856 872 460 to make an appointment.
You can find further advice on My World of Work.
Next week, pupils across Scotland will receive their exam results. For many their next step will depend on the results they achieve and it can be disheartening if the outcome is not what they had hoped for.
When you’re young, it can seem that those older than you had an easy journey from school to their current job. However, this is not always (if ever) the case. Many people leave school with no clear idea about what they want to do next, and if they do they may not necessarily end up in that job.
Recently, we have been working with the local schools to support senior pupils in identifying and securing work placements.
This has been a really interesting experience, and has been a great chance for us to learn more about the career ambitions of some of our local young people. Speaking to them, it’s clear that while some of them have a very definite idea about their preferred career destination, others are still exploring the options available to them.
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We attended the Orkney Areas Finals of the Young Enterprise competition which were held at Orkney College on Thursday 4 April 2019, where teams from Stromness Academy and Kirkwall Grammar School competed to represent Orkney at the Scottish Finals in Edinburgh.
A six week programme to help young people prepare for their next step after leaving school concluded this week.
In partnership with Skills Development Scotland, DYW Orkney have been working with pupils at Kirkwall Grammar School and Stromness Academy who are planning to leave school at the end of this academic year. The six week School Leavers’ Programme was developed to help prepare young people for their next step after school.
We’ve had a busy week spreading the message about Foundation Apprenticeships.
On Monday, we held an information evening for senior teaching staff, guidance teachers and careers advisers from local schools. This event was supported by staff from the Work Based Learning Hub at University of the Highlands and Islands and Curriculum Leads from Orkney College UHI.
Those present were given an overview of Foundation Apprenticeships in Scotland and heard some of the success stories from elsewhere in Scotland. The curriculum leads then spoke in more detail about the frameworks being offered in Orkney in 2019, highlighting the academic aspect of the subjects and the benefits the vocational, work placement element offers young people.
On Tuesday we attended the Senior Phase Parent's Evening at Stromness Academy to speak to parents about the Foundation Apprenticeships being offered.
Thursday saw us, along with Orkney College, delivering an input to all teaching staff at Stromness Academy, as part for their in-service training.
All of these inputs have been really beneficial as they have enabled us to inform those who support young people about the options available. We have also been able to answer any questions they may have and help them understand the various options available to learners as part of the Orkney Offer.
There will be four Foundation Apprenticeships available in Orkney next year. They are Business Skills, IT: Software Development, Social Services and Healthcare and, Social Services: Children and Young People. If you would like to learn more about what the can offer, speak to your careers advisers, guidance teachers or Orkney College.
Thanks to Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands and local schools for their support at these inputs.
Pupils at Stromness Academy have been taking part in a careers week to inspire and inform them of the variety of jobs available to them, helping them to imagine their own future.
The week was targeted at pupils in S3 to support them as they make their subject choices for S4, a process which will start them on the journey to their preferred post-school destination.