Emergency Services Lead Workshops at Queen Anne High School
Pupils from Queen Anne High School were given the opportunity to learn from a range of emergency service organisations, including Police Scotland, Fire Service Scotland, NHS, British Army and the Crown Office.
The service originally engaged with the school as a way to add value in engaging with their local community and to highlight the skills and pathways into this particular sector. The initiative also promoted their organisations which brought a great level of awareness for pupils of the different types of roles within each organisation.
The event was structured as a set of carousel activities with each organisation delivering a workshop to five different groups of young people. This gave the pupils an insight to different roles within their organisation, and the skills and qualifications needed to join, as well as an opportunity for the pupils to ask the service partners any questions about their own jobs and career pathways.
This activity has helped establish stronger relationships between pupils and the community police, opened the door for volunteer opportunities within some of the organisations and future opportunities to utilise these links for other activities throughout the school year.
Feedback from our emergency service partners was positive:
‘It was good to meet other organisations.’
‘Was an excellent day, well organised.’
‘There was a good balance and pupils were engaged and interested.’
To support the partner, pupils had a great day and enjoyed learning about different opportunities within each organisation:
‘Liked how they showed the different paths we could take to each profession.’
‘Very informative, enjoyable and fun.’
‘I really liked the interactiveness.’
‘Hearing about personal experiences.’
‘Was great to hear how they started out in their careers.’
‘Spoke about positive and negatives of the jobs.’