This event was set up using STEM Ambassadors as a platform to make connections with local employers. Local employers were welcomed into DHS to take part in a speed-dating style activity where small groups of S2 pupils moved between tables of different employers, learning what each employer’s company does and what they are looking for in new recruits.
Students had the opportunity to ask questions about the roles involved in each company and learn more about the skills and qualifications required. We also had our S6 STEM Ambassadors in attendance to offer advice on subject choices and provide younger pupils with an idea of their own pathways so far. All 281 S2 pupils took part.
This was a great opportunity for DYW to build on our relationships with all partners involved, including BT Open Reach, OPTOS, BAE Systems, BEAR Scotland and Ross-shire Engineering. OPTOS are already working more closely with Dunfermline High School as they mentor our S5 pupils on ‘Career Ready’ support and it was great to have their expertise on hand for the younger age groups at this event.
A new relationship is being forged with Ross-Shire Engineering on the back of this successful event and we look forward to working with them in the future to offer work experience opportunities to all Dunfermline High School pupils.
Feedback from the event showed that the pupils found value in having a greater awareness of local employment opportunities and being able to speak to employers directly to gain insight into what they are looking for in new recruits. This has been very useful with regards to choosing their subjects for S3 in January and will help pupils consider future prospects and consider their pathways beyond school.
Our S6 STEM Ambassadors were incredibly supportive and pro-active during this event, they hosted their own stands when some employers were unable to attend at the last minute which not only offered a welcoming and comforting prescence for the younger pupils but also ensured the event was able to stick to the table plan and timing schedule. It was an excellent opportunity for our S6 STEM Ambassadors to embody their role, inspiring younger pupils by sharing their journeys so far into STEM careers. All STEM Ambassadors thrived in this role and all actually really enjoyed their opportunity to network more with the S2’s. This was positively received and now similar opportunities especially as subject choices open are being explored.