Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP and Iain Gray MSP for East Lothian were just two of the guest speakers at Dunbar Primary School’s annual World of Work programme this month.
The World of Work event, now in its fifth year, is a high impact, week long programme of work and career related activities for pupils in P7 that are designed to develop children’s awareness, knowledge and skills for learning, life and work. The programme introduces P7 pupils to a range of options for work or study, including modern apprenticeships and attending college or university. The week is enhanced by speakers from the local community including family members who come into the school to discuss their job, how they progressed into it, and why they enjoy it.
Both John Swinney MSP and Iain Gray MSP spoke to pupils about their jobs and the skills they use on a daily basis, as well as life at Holyrood, which complemented the class’s recent study of The Scottish Parliament as part of their social studies work and a visit to the parliament building in February.
“We really aim to raise aspirations, and by welcoming speakers into school it allows the children to identify a wide range of careers that they may be interested in." Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher
Helen Gillanders, Head Teacher at Dunbar Primary School, said:
“We were absolutely delighted to welcome so many informative speakers to our World of Work experience this year. The event is part of our P7 pupils’ transition programme and gives the children the opportunity to recognise the skills they already have, make connections between skills and the world of work, and discuss their interests, ambitions and next steps with parents and carers.
“We really aim to raise aspirations, and by welcoming speakers into school it allows the children to identify a wide range of careers that they may be interested in. Our pupils have really engaged with this year’s event and we were all really impressed with their thoughtful questions.”
Other high profile speakers included a Paediatric Oncologist from Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, an Emergency Planning Officer from Torness Power Station, and a Professor of Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. Also on the list of 18 speakers were a Pathologist, Mechanical Engineer, Stone Mason, Gas Engineer, Physiotherapist, Lecturer and Police Officer.
Jaclyn Eeles, Depute Head Teacher and World of Work co-ordinator, added:
“Each year we have over 150 pupils taking part in our exciting World of Work event. We always aim for the classes to hear a variety of talks throughout the week and our wonderful parents and carers, family members and the local community make this possible. We would like to thank the 18 speakers for giving up their time to support Dunbar Primary School and helping to make the event such a success once again."