Developing Skills for Life & Work
A small group of Forres Academy S3s have been working towards their SCQF level 3 “Languages for Work and Life” and this term, began work on the module “building own employability skills”. As part of this module, teaching staff teamed up with DYW Moray to include some local employer and stakeholder engagement within the unit to give young people a greater insight into the world of work.
Within Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Forres Academy welcomed Jackie Andrews, Head of Academic Partnerships at Moray College UHI, and Andy Ross, Future Focus Tutor into the school.
As part of the lesson, Jackie gave a short presentation on Moray College UHI’s recruitment processes for their School and Post School opportunities and what attributes they look for in their ideal future students. Thereafter, Andy took the young people through a series of team building games which demonstrated those attributes, enhancing skills and qualities such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, and confidence levels. Key skills which can be transferred and utilised in other areas of their education and beyond.
Jackie stated that “Moray College UHI is delighted to have been asked to participate in this employability class. It was good to hear from school colleagues that our message very much reinforced the discussions that they have had with the young people. What struck Andy and I most was the difference in attitude of the young people in such a short timescale – they were engaged, supportive of each other, and willing to learn and laugh at themselves. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.”
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