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Record Number of My World of Work Ambassadors

21 September 2017 

There are record numbers of My World of Work Ambassadors in Scotland's schools this year.

1700 pupils are already taking part in the programme in 161 schools across Scotland.

A further 133 schools are still recruiting, meaning the numbers will continue to climb through the coming academic year.

My World of Work Ambassadors act as peer advocates for Scotland's careers website My World of Work within their school.

As well as helping pupils develop key transferable skills for employment, the programme enhances their career management skills and provides evidence for Wider Achievement Awards, personal statements, CVs, applications and interviews.   

Through a series of events and presentations across the academic year they will support fellow classmates to register for a My World of Work account, and helping them to get the best out of the website.

There will also be interactive sessions at parents' evenings and school events, working with younger pupils to introduce them to the site and the Strengths tool, talking to their teachers about My World of Work's ready-made classroom resources and making video diaries of their experiences.

Shirley Davison, SDS Partner Development & Integration Manager, said: "This is only the third year of the project and to see more than 80% of Scotland's high schools getting involved this year proves the vital contribution Ambassadors make to their school community, while also building their own skills and confidence.

"Every year the pupils and teachers involved bring fresh ideas and approaches, and devote great energy, to the project. I am looking forward to hearing more about their activities across the country."

The programme works alongside SDS Careers Advisers who are delivering career information, advice and guidance in every secondary school in Scotland.

SDS staff offer dedicated support to Ambassadors throughout the year, including training sessions, practical resources and support materials.

Support is also provided for teachers leading the Ambassador programme within a school.                    

It can be used by teachers as continuous professional development, to help develop skills in leadership and project management, enhance their knowledge of career management skills and to provide opportunities for internal and external networking.

The ambition is to have Ambassadors in every secondary school in Scotland by 2018 to further support schools with Building the Curriculum 4, Developing the Young Workforce, the Career Education Standard and How Good is Our School 4 reviews, as well as providing opportunities to showcase activities in school news and local media.

Pupils at Holy Rood RC High School in Edinburgh recently hosted more than a hundred pupils for a special Ambassadors training day.

The volunteers were drawn from 17 city schools including their own, and spent the day finding out about the role, improving their knowledge of the website and creating a short film to introduce themselves as Ambassadors for their school.

Source - Skills Development Scotland Website

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