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
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
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
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
Support is also provided for teachers leading the Ambassador
programme within a
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
Pupils at Holy Rood RC High School in Edinburgh recently hosted
more than a hundred pupils for a special Ambassadors training
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