Luxury Scottish retailer The House of Bruar has become the latest Perthshire business to partner with Pitlochry High School as part of its commitment to the Developing Our Young Workforce initiative.
Secondary pupils from Pitlochry High School will benefit from invaluable work-based learning opportunities, including work experience, to help them develop their skills in a ‘real world’ environment.
The House of Bruar, which has more than 250 staff, is one of the largest employers in the region. Head of HR Clare Harget said: “We are delighted to be working so closely with Pitlochry High School to help young people in our local community.
“Investing in our young people and helping secure the prosperity of our region is extremely important to us. We are also really proud to have some career ambassadors at The House of Bruar who are former Pitlochry pupils and already experiencing a rewarding career with us.
“It’s essential that every one of the 6,000 or so employers in our region play their individual part in supporting tomorrow’s workforce. Not only will it enhance the future prospects of our young people, it will boost employers’ own businesses and teams, as well as helping our local economy grow.”
Significant evidence is already demonstrating the positive impact of employer contacts on students. Young people who have had more than four interventions involving an employer in their secondary school career are less likely to be unemployed and on average will earn 16% more than peers who miss out*.
Elaine Liney, Headteacher at Pitlochry High School said: “The staff and pupils at the school are thrilled to be partnering with The House of Bruar. Their business model provides a fantastic opportunity for pupils to have exposure to a wide range of opportunities from butchery to digital marketing.
“Our partnerships with local employers, large and small, are invaluable. They play a significant role in our Developing Young Workforce strategy, which focuses on employability, enterprise, future skills and career education.”
The Pitlochry partnership has been supported by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Perth and Kinross, which is part of a wider initiative funded by the Scottish Government.
The aim is to help more young people into work and ensure employers have access to the skills they need to grow. Nationally, the aim is to reduce youth employment by 40% by 2021 by bringing education and employers closer together.
Steven Stewart, Chair of the Perth and Kinross Developing Young Workforce Regional Board, said: “The House of Bruar are the latest in a growing community of forward-looking employers who can see the benefits of supporting our young people. It includes employers such as Aviva, AW Bell, McLeod Glaziers and Crieff Hydro.
“These links between business and education are clearly making a difference. However, there’s still more work to do to make sure our young people are work ready and making more informed career choices.
“We hope this partnership will inspire more employers, particularly small businesses, to get involved in the young workforce initiative. As well as bringing new opportunities for our young people, there are big benefits for employers too, from helping to develop the management skills of your team to tapping into a pipeline of young talented employees.”
The House of Bruar will also be supporting primary school pupils in Pitlochry by helping them understand the range of potential career paths from a young age. Recently, the business donated over 200 shoe boxes to support the Blythswood Shoe Box appeal, which helps disadvantaged families in different parts of Europe.
Employers who would like to find out more and get involved should contact the local DYW team at www.dywpk.org.uk