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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Source - Skills Development Scotland