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Setting the Scottish Skills Programme

Peace Recruitment has become one of the first organisations in Scotland to join a newly launched schools employment programme.

The Edinburgh based recruiter focuses on the construction, property and engineering sectors and has committed to the Building My Skills programme officially launched in Scotland last month with thousands of school children set to benefit from the youth employment initiative.

The programme which is organised by Esh Border Construction, has been developed to give pupils the life skills they need in their careers by giving them access to businesses that can share their own experiences and expertise.

This is done in a structured module type manner with a programme the pupils complete at the end of each session. At the end of the year, those pupils who have successfully completed the programme will receive a mock interview from one of the participating companies.

Schools across five local authority areas in the South and East of Scotland are set to benefit from the partnership with business professionals each delivering an interactive session providing insights on their career path, sector and the employability skills they value.

The Scottish schools taking part are:

  • St Augustine’s High School, Edinburgh.
  • Forrester High School, Edinburgh.
  • Preston Lodge High School, East Lothian.
  • Broxburn Academy, West Lothian.
  • Maxwelltown High School, Dumfries and Galloway.
  • Galashiels Academy, Scottish Borders.

Building My Skills is now running in 90 schools and 120 businesses, delivering 66,000 hours of education to 11,000 school pupils. Schools across five local authority areas in the South and East of Scotland are set to benefit from the partnership with business professionals each delivering an interactive session providing insights on their career path, sector and the employability skills they value.

Esh Border Construction partners in Scotland with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Peter Brett Associates, Peace Recruitment, Beattie Communications, Brodies Solicitors and The Armed Forces with more business partners encouraged to take part.

“We are delighted to be one of the first Scottish companies to join the Building My Skills programme north of the border,” said Chris Peace, MD, Peace Recruitment.

Picture:   Preston Lodge High School, East Lothian is one of the schools benefiting from the Building My Skills programme.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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