Global leading professional services firm, WSP scooped the Developing Young Workforce Award at this years Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards. The firm has been supporting local secondary school, Kinross High School, with its Design Engineer Construct programme.
WSP and Kinross High School were introduced by social enterprise, Class of Your Own, in 2016 and their shared enthusiasm for Design.Engineer.Construct meant they hit it off immediately. Engineers from WSP support high school staff to deliver the programme at every stage of the process teaching pupils about all aspects of working in the modern built environment. Pupils love the programme and as well as developing confidence, presentation and digital skills it opens their eyes to careers in engineering including apprenticeships.
Steve Stewart, Developing Young Workforce Perth & Kinross (DYW P&K) Chair said: “The DYW P&K Regional Board is a private sector led group of local businesses and public partner agencies with a strong desire to bring business and education much closer together. We were delighted to support the Developing the Young Workforce Award to encourage and recognise excellent local Business and Education partnerships and congratulate our winners, WSP, on their outstanding work with Kinross High School.”
“We must also recognise our two runners up, REMAKE and Entier both do great work with our young people. The judging panel found it extremely difficult to pick one winner this year!” Steve concluded.
Social enterprise, Remake have been working with young people in Crieff for a number of years but when they organised a lunchtime art club at Crieff High School in 2016 and included elements on product design, retailing and merchandising the partnership really took off. Now they run an employability programme. The young people involved have found their creative side, developed practical skills as well as confidence, opening up opportunities for them to find work in the creative industries.
Entier were introduced to Perth High School by the Developing Young Workforce team in January 2017. Looking to recruit young people onto their well-established Fresh Olives apprenticeship programme, they were impressed how in tune the school were with pupils’ ambitions and skills. Entier have now recruited two staff from the school and will be sending their chefs back into the school next year to inspire the next round of recruits.
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