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Coding for Career Success

22 August 2017 

The Minister for Employability and Training has been put through his digital paces by pupils from an Inverness Primary School at Skills Development Scotland's My World of Work Live!

Jamie Hepburn MSP visited the state-of-the-art My World of Work Live! Digital Studio and Careers Lab at SDS's Inverness careers centre in Church Street on Monday 21 August.

He joined pupils from Teanassie Primary School who were taking part in a DIY Gamer workshop in the centre's Digital Studio, learning how to program a handheld games console to display an animation and find out more about careers in digital tech.

He then visited the Careers Lab, which is home to more hi-tech career kit, including a Virtual Reality headset which helps people explore careers in construction.

My World of Work Live! is designed to to inspire and improve people's knowledge of careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Mainly aimed at young people aged 10 to 15-years-old, it's available for free.

Teachers and parents can also expand their knowledge of STEM opportunities at the SDS Inverness careers centre, with events and specialist continuous professional learning sessions.

The Studio is also home to the Lab Rats, an after-school STEM club.

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: "The Highlands and Islands have so much to offer young people, and I hope the community careers hub SDS has created here can open up young people's eyes to that wealth of opportunity and inspire them to think about a career in STEM.

"The work taking place at SDS in Inverness reinforces the aims of our Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy which is looking to embed the use of technology in learning and teaching right across the curriculum. Giving young people insight from an early age fits in with our approach to skills and training which is providing flexibility to meet the needs of our future workforce and employers."

Alison Eaglesham, My World of Work Live! Programme Manager said: "Since we opened the Lab and Studio in February more than 2000 young people, teachers and parents have experienced what My World of Work Live! has to offer.

"This is cutting-edge career learning, allowing young people to get hands-on with the latest technology.

"We've also recently become the first in Scotland to have Lego Education Innovation Studio status."

Find out more about STEM industries and careers at myworldofwork.co.uk and check for local updates on Facebook.com/SDSHighlands

To book My World of Work Live! activities email studioinv@sds.co.uk

Source - Skills Development Scotland Website

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