Maki and beyond…

This week’s comes from Rebecca Russell

My name is Rebecca and I have been a project worker in the Argyll and Bute Developing the Young Workforce team for one year. A lot has happened in that year!

Our team have successfully held events, organised careers days and even managed a cheeky night out.  In my team I cover the geographical area known as ‘Maki’ (Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay).  The geographical spread of this area can sometimes be a challenge in itself … especially with our famous Scottish weather sometimes halting the ferries!

Despite this, we have recently held a careers day in Islay High school, with pupils from the entire school taking part. The children had a chance to take part in a bee workshop run by our friends at Islay Development Initiative as well as brush up on their interview skills and cv writing from Keith at the RAF

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) also came along with all their equipment, which the kids had great fun trying on!

What a fab opportunity to learn about all the kit they need to have/ wear at the airport as well as discovering how they themselves could have a career with HIAL.

It was a fantastic day with some excellent feedback.

Looking back even earlier in the year, I joined forces with Campbeltown Grammar school to hold an event for Scotland’s Biggest Parents Evening (SBPE) in Campbeltown town hall. This again was a very successful event with the support of local employers. Parents and young people were invited along to find out more about local career opportunities, including what apprenticeship routes were available in the town. Check our Events page for SBPE20 events near you.

Skills Scotland

Rebecca and Maggie having a hula'va time!
Rebecca and Maggie having a hula’va time!

As a team we have also attended the Skills Scotland 2019 careers fayre run by Prospects Events (got to see how the other half do it!). This proved to be very successful in making contacts and meeting new people/ organisations… it was also good fun!

What’s Next?

Looking forward to the year ahead, I hope to carry on working closely with the schools on my ‘patch’ to provide work placement opportunities for young people, as well as continuing work on all our ongoing projects and event planning.  I will be specifically focusing on our ‘Meaningful May’ programme, an alternative skills for work timetable for students who do not qualify for, or do not want to take study leave, but will also be picking up fresh challenges as the year progresses.