Announcement : Silver Award for Transition Joint Working with ECS Fairview School
Work experience for school pupils is extremely valuable to give them a sense of what it’s like to do a job in a real life setting. They can learn many important skills such as timekeeping, health & safety, customer services, and team working, etc., as well as getting an idea of what sort of job they may like to do when they leave school or indeed what they may not want to do!
Transition from school to further education or employment can be challenging for any pupil, but it can be even more so when you face additional challenges such as illness or disability. Often, opportunities in a supported employment setting can be very hard to come across and many young people are missing out.
The Employment Support Team are keen to help address this and were delighted to help Fairview School give Josh and Callum a work experience as recycling operatives on the Green2Go project.
Green2Go is a recycling initiative that has been running for a number of years and provides a free service to around 400 businesses across Tayside, collecting their used aluminium and steel drinks cans for processing and thereby avoiding landfill. Participants on the not for profit scheme who have significant barriers to employment such as learning disability, mental ill health, acquired brain injury or autism gain valuable skills to help them on their journey towards their ultimate goal of paid employment.
Lynn Drysdale is a senior social care officer at Fairview School who worked with the team to set up the work experience. She said "It was a fantastic chance to provide pupils with life skills experience and transference of skills into new settings but also to offer them the opportunity to try in a safe environment what it would be like to work in a more realistic setting. We want to be able to confidently support pupils and the families during transition in S5/S6 from Fairview, but for those that could build in work to their future life there isn't the experience or evidence to support whether this is possible.
This opportunity offers a huge learning and testing environment to do this. For the pupils it confirms that they have the skills and abilities to be able to work in a variety of settings when they leave school. It is very hard to secure work based placements but this helps us to work with employers or providers to show some evidence towards their transition plans." The pupils will also use the experience to support an accredited award in Self & Work: Completing a Work Placement, which will support their future CV’s and job applications etc.
They were presented with a certificate of completion from the Employment Support Team by Jackie Scrimgeour (Employment Support Team Manager) and Wayne Smith (Depute Manager), with Ruaraidh Allan who supported them throughout the placement.
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