This post is highlighting best practice across DYW Groups and will share the experiences, opportunities and challenges faced by the network and beyond. This post highlights the Primary Aspirations work run by DYW Forth Valley group.
Who: DYW Forth Valley; primary and secondary schools across Clackmannanshire; Forth Valley College; 13 local businesses including Mears Group and Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.
When: Throughout the school years from 2017-2018 and the current school year 2018-2019
What: With an aim to intervene earlier with Primary School pupils and a particular focus on those from non-working families, schools across Clackmannanshire have been involved in ‘work inspiration’ sessions with local businesses and visits to Forth Valley College. In addition to these activities, schools have been embedding employer engagement throughout the year by linking employment into the topics being taught at school.
This work began in 2017/2018 with 89 pupils from P6 and P7 in three primary schools, and in its second year 2018/2019 this has increased to 260 pupils in five schools. Schools are embedding the work in different ways that work for that school. One is dedicated one afternoon a week to business inspiration sessions, whilst others are linking it into topics being taught.
Feedback from the project: Pupil – “Now we know about jobs we didn’t know about before” Business leader - “It was great to share with the pupils information on the range of diverse roles and pathways information require to work in this sector” Teacher - “Pupils really enjoy the practical/hands on sessions”
As pupils have heard more about career and work opportunities, teachers are reporting that pupils are more curious and flexible when exploring the different career pathways they may want to approach. There has also been a change in how primary school pupils focus on their goals and aspirations in secondary school – as they begin to connect these to their career aspirations.