A Summery Summary

Love it or hate it, the summer is beginning to come to an end, and before you know it, school will be back in session, and some people will be going back to work. Therefore it seemed like a good time to look back and reflect on the summer that East Lothian Works has had – we certainly have been keeping busy!

Our team have been hard at work, planning courses and frameworks to be delivered to students all the way in 2020. It seems far away, but it’s important to be ready in plenty of time, as it will be Christmas before you know it! The team have been working on collaborating with Edinburgh College to ensure that secondary school students in East Lothian get the opportunity to take part in a wide range of courses as part of the School-College Partnership programme.

The Pre-Vocational team have been doing similar; working together to ensure a fantastic range of courses are available next year. East Lothian Works has also been working on Foundation Apprenticeships, working on our current offer and what we can do to always be improving. The team have also been focusing on our young people doing Activity Agreements, ensuring they are given the best opportunities we can provide.

Even at this early stage, we are already thinking about Jobs Kingdom Live 2020. It feels like the event only happened yesterday! We are incredibly excited to be working with our partners again to create another fantastic experience next year.

The ‘Services for Adults’ team have also been hard at work, focusing on assisting adults with their employability skills by providing bespoke guidance and training. They have been continuing to provide fantastic support for those who need it.

Overall, it has been a busy, and yet productive summer at East Lothian Works, and we are excited about implementing all our plans both in this academic year, and in 2020-2021.

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#NoWrongPath

Today, Tuesday the 6th of August, is not only Scottish exam results day, but it’s also #NoWrongPath day. This is a campaign led by Developing the Young Workforce in Edinburgh, Midlothian, and East Lothian, that aims to show young people that many individuals in interesting job roles in Scotland may not have taken a straight, obvious, or traditional path to get there.

The #NoWrongPath campaign celebrates the range and diversity of career paths that are followed after school in Scotland. While some people choose to go to college and/or university after secondary school, others may choose to go into training, an Apprenticeship, or straight into employment. All of the aforementioned pathways after school can lead to your dream job, as long as you apply hard work and determination.

Last year, #NoWrongPath was used almost 20,000 times on social media. Help us spread the word this year, by going on to East Lothian Works’ Twitter and Facebook page (links below) and sharing our #NoWrongPath posts. Or, you could get involved yourself! Head on to social media and share your own story to success; how did you get to where you are now?

I’d like to extend a massive good luck and congratulations to all the young people receiving their exam results today. Remember, exam results do not determine your future, so work hard and keep focused, and you’ll get to where you want to be.

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A Morning at Charles River Laboratories

I arrived at Charles River Laboratories bright and early on the morning of the 1st of May. Upon my arrival I was warmly welcomed in to the main reception building by Stephen Madden – the Head of Regulatory ADME and Discovery Sciences. My main goal was to learn a bit more about the world of lab-based science, in order to aid those undertaking, or considering undertaking, the Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies. Continue reading A Morning at Charles River Laboratories

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services

If you follow East Lothian Works on Twitter and Facebook (links at the bottom of this post), you may have seen that we are currently running a social media campaign that focuses on a different Foundation Apprenticeship each week. This week, we’re looking at the Financial Services course. Have a read below to find out more about this framework. Continue reading The Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services

Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Gary Mitchell

In this week’s Staff Spotlight, we will be talking to Gary Mitchell, an Employment Adviser at East Lothian Works. Having worked in the field for ten years, Gary is a key figure when it comes to employment for young people in the Local Authority. Therefore he seemed to be the perfect person to speak to in order to learn more about his job role at East Lothian Works. Continue reading Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Gary Mitchell

An Afternoon with McInroy & Wood

I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to visit McInroy & Wood, a Personal Investment Management company, to get a sense of what they do on a day-to-day basis. The organisation, based in Haddington, takes on Financial Services students, and is a prime example of the kind of organisation a Foundation Apprentice in this subject area may end up working in. Therefore we thought it was the perfect opportunity to give students considering undertaking the Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services the chance to see what they may experience on the course. Continue reading An Afternoon with McInroy & Wood

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare

If you follow East Lothian Works on Twitter and Facebook (links at the bottom of this post), you may have seen that we are currently running a social media campaign that focuses on a different Foundation Apprenticeship each week. This week, we’re looking at the Social Services and Healthcare course. Have a read below to find out more about this framework. Continue reading The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare

Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Alastair Hendry

This week’s Staff Spotlight will be focusing on Alastair Hendry, Employability Support Officer at East Lothian Works. Having been a member of the team since September 2018, Alastair has been working hard to provide employment support to adults in the county. I sat down and asked him some questions: Continue reading Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Alastair Hendry

A Morning at Eskgreen Care Home

This morning I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend some time at Eskgreen Care home, a residential property for the elderly in Musselburgh. This is the kind of location that students undertaking the Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare may spend their time in. The company itself has been around for some time – some of the residents’ grandparents also lived at Eskgreen! Consisting of twenty seven residents, it’s a large building with lots of character. All staff and residents were cheery as soon as I walked in the door, and were more than happy to sit down and have a chat. There were a lot of lovely displays around the place, making it seem welcoming and homely. Continue reading A Morning at Eskgreen Care Home

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills

If you follow East Lothian Works on Twitter and Facebook (links at the bottom of this post), you may have seen that we are currently running a social media campaign that focuses on a different Foundation Apprenticeship each week. This week, we’re looking at the Business Skills course. Have a read below to find out more about this framework. Continue reading The Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills