Let’s Get to Work: A Week of Work at Glen Urquhart HS

Tuesday, 1st March 2022

At Glen Urquhart High School, S3 pupils had the opportunity to tear up their timetables for one week only, encouraging them to experience the workplace for themselves. Thanks to the innovative partnership between the school and it’s local business leaders, the Week of Work saw students take part in a series of site visits, hands-on activities, workshops and presentations designed to give them a true glimpse into what life in the workplace could look like.

Organised by the school and Developing the Young Workforce Inverness & Central Highland (DYWICH), the Week of Work scheme was a huge success for all those involved. DYWICH school coordinator, Ashley Woodhouse said: “The response from pupils and teachers to the Week of Work had been fantastic, and everyone was buzzing with excitement. The enthusiasm and excitement shown by the employers, students and teachers really was infectious.”

Throughout the week, pupils were given the chance to gain in-depth knowledge in a range of sectors including emergency services, healthcare, renewable energy, early years care, the arts, land management, hospitality and tourism.

Some of the businesses which took part in the Week of Work included the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Karen Price Art, Helen Gillespie Yoga, Proterra-Energy, Soirbheas, SSE, Cobbs, Mitie, the Woodland Trust, Forest & Land Scotland, Bunloit Rewilding Estate, 42cycling, Historic Environment Scotland, RJ McLeod, AOC Archaeology, Highland Council engineering and ecology teams, and Glen Urquhart Child Care Centre.

Pupils also benefited from an audience with acclaimed actor Nicola Roy, who highlighted career opportunities in the performing arts and media. Whilst Gary Innes, an award winning musician and BBC Scotland radio presenter, offered an inspiring insight to the potential next steps for young people to get involved in the workplace.

“The Week of Work provided a new experience for all involved, bringing together so many different elements of the community to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their future careers,” continued Ashley. “The Week of Work was a fantastic catalyst for the local business community to build effective working relationships and partnerships with teaching staff to bring the world of work closer to education.”

As well as workplace activities, pupils also took part in career and employability workshops developed by DYWICH and Skills Development Scotland. These workshops were designed to increase pupils’ knowledge of job applications, CV writing and interview skills.

David Humphris, principal teacher of guidance and post-school at Glen Urquhart High School, added: “The Week of Work is unlike any other school work experience programme, giving pupils a fast-paced and exciting snapshot of many career opportunities for their post-school lives. The Week of Work has helped focus their attention on the career opportunities available on their doorstep, and we’d like to offer our thanks to DYWICH and all of the businesses and contributors involved for donating their time and resources to inspire young people in our community.”

Discover more information about DYWICH and how it facilitates collaboration between schools and local businesses.