Enterprise - Ready for work

18th September 2009 at 01:00

A new initiative to introduce primary children in Edinburgh to the world of work was launched earlier this month at Craigroyston High.

The first group of 85 P7s from Craigroyston, Pirniehill and Forthview primaries found out about employment in different sectors at the first transition event for primary school pupils in Edinburgh.

The event was attended by local businesses, including Scottish Gas, Harvey Nichols, The Townhouse Company, Amey, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Transport Initiative Edinburgh. They ran workshops for pupils in a bid to familiarise them with different industries, raise their aspirations and make them more employable through early intervention.

The youngsters were also introduced to secondary teachers and S6 pupils ahead of their move next session.

The initiative was inspired by a similar project set up with a business network group in North Edinburgh to focus on raising educational attainment and boosting employment in the area. The businesses support pupils in a number of ways, including paired reading and teaching employability skills. In the employability skills course, business people work directly with pupils to help them with CVs and interview skills.

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