St Andrews High School was lucky to be the only school in Fife offered the opportunity to have the Depute Director from the Bank of England come to the school to deliver career talks.
The school decided to turn the opportunity into an event and get a number of other employers in at the same time to give career insight talks to the senior pupils. The hope was to engage the pupils in discussions about their future and to give them an insight into a career in their desired field.
Representatives from NHS Fife, Balbirnie House Farm, The Community Trade Hub and The Purvis Group joined the Bank of England for the event.
David from Balbirnie House Farm had previously attended the school’s business breakfast to find out more about how he could engage with the work DYW Fife do and had agreed to give a talk to St Andrews High School pupils to give them an insight into the work that Balbirnie House Farm do and why its work is so important in the current climate. For David, by engaging young people in agriculture and making them aware of the jobs available in this field, he is able to ensure that he is encouraging more young people into this field.
Jessica McQueen, who sits on the DYW Fife Board, helped the school secure four NHS Fife employees from four different sectors for the careers insight event.
Kenny, from the Community Trade Hub, is a former pupil of St Andrews and was very keen to make links with the school to help promote the construction industry and ensure that young people are set up for a career in the sector and have a full understanding of what it entails.
Finally, Bob Garmory from The Purvis Group is another employer who sits on the DYW Fife Board so is always keen to be linked with school to help engage its young people.
Each of the employers gave a 45-minute presentation on their field of work – who they are, what they do and how they became involved in their field. They were able to speak to the young people about the different avenues that can be taken to enter into work in these sectors, experience and qualifications needed and answered any questions from the young people.
Following this insight event, there was a real buzz from the senior pupils, it has given them a real focus on career education and on their future after school. The pupils all thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the different employers, and some were keen to look at doing site visits with the employers.