UPS Classes with a Sector Spin

UPS Classes with a Sector Spin

Seeking to inspire their pupils, Lossiemouth High School are welcoming local employers to deliver Industry Sector Group Activities within their UPS sessions.

With eight sector groups to cover and a different business engaging with each year group, the aim was to showcase the wide variety of businesses in Moray and opportunities available within them.

Mindful of the ongoing Covid restrictions and regulations in place, the first sector group, Business & Defence kicked off with virtual career talks. These were delivered by Laura from Allan Rutherford Wealth Management (S1), Scott from Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers (S2), Caleb from The Army (S3), Natalie from Santander (S4) and Sophie from Lees Wealth Management (S5). David a local businessman from Pozzi/Bijou finished this sector group's interactions by presenting in school to some of the S6 cohort.

In addition to talks, the pupils also got to participate in a number of activities ranging from project managing a scheme of work for construction to building a bionic hand for bio engineering and planning a locally sourced ingredient menu for the twinned town anniversary for food, drink and tourism.

The activities were all geared to developing transferrable career management skills as well as providing insight into the types of careers available within each sector. Further information was also provided on the companies within these sectors in Moray and career pathways and routes into them.

Louise Petrie, Deputy Head Teacher at Lossiemouth said "It's been very powerful for our young people to engage with local employers, especially during this pandemic when it's become more challenging to forge new connections and experiences. Not only does it enable our learners to see how the skills taught in schools can be applied in the world of work, it introduces them to the variety of career pathways out there, even in a small authority like Moray. We believe that by engaging with different employers from each of the eight Moray Skills Pathway sectors each year, our learners will have a greater awareness of the exciting opportunities out there, and be inspired by the employers' stories and unique career journeys. Thank you to Jolene, our DYW Coordinator, who has been instrumental in turning our vision into a reality."

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