Preston Lodge once again hosted our annual ‘Careers Carousel’ for our S2 Health & Wellbeing students on Friday 30th May; for the entire morning. We welcomed 17 business partners from throughout the Lothian’s to run workshops for our students. The aim of the event was to provide the opportunity to engage with ‘Real people in Real jobs’. We were delighted to have such a great response.
Our event was launched this year by Mr Darrin Nightingale – Head of Education for East Lothian, who outlined his own career path and the opportunities presented to him along the way. Students were encouraged to think very widely and listen attentively to the providers as there is an ever changing jobs market. Many of the jobs they will apply for in the future have not even been thought of yet! Transferable skills are key to adapting to that anticipated environment along with their qualifications.
Groups of 10 students visited 5 of the 17 workshops on offer for half an hour of interaction. In some they faced activities & challenges, others more formal presentations, others Q&A sessions. All were exceptionally well received by the students; while helping to raise awareness and link their current learning to future employment possibilities.
As part of the Health and Wellbeing programme, students are encouraged to think about ‘Planning for Choices & Changes’, this is one way in which we help to address this for their future career paths. They also benefit from input throughout the year regarding careers; how to access career/ job opportunities, how to apply, creating their CV & interview skills being some of the many areas covered.
The Businesses involved this year included
3 v 2 Soccer Royal Navy
Armed Forces Lothian Buses
Software Developer Primary/Nursery teaching
Scottish Prison Service Construction Skills
Police Scotland Premier Inn
Midwifery/Paramedics Doubletree by Hilton
East Lothian Special Needs Self – Employment(J&J Thomson)
Lamp House Music Pelamis Wave (renewables)
Sincere thanks go to all involved in bringing the event together & participating on the day. The students were a credit to the school, adopting a very mature approach and interacting well with the opportunities presented. There is further information about many of our workshop providers on the Preston Lodge School Website in our Publications area.
We would welcome any offers from local businesses for next year, to help broaden the Career horizons of our Students. Please contact E Nicoll – PT HWB – 01875 811170