School Skills Academy Launched in North Ayrshire

School Skills Academy Launched in North Ayrshire

The official launch of two new ‘Innovative Schools’ projects took place at Auchenharvie Academy last week.

Ayrshire College, in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Ayrshire and the Prince’s Trust Scotland, are supporting the new Skills Academies within the school where pupils will gain recognised qualifications, as well as helping them develop employability skills.

The projects include:

Magic Mechanics: a cycle maintenance programme where the pupils will be in charge of servicing all cycles used within the school and are also looking to set up partnership with the local skate park and primary schools.

Little Loves Childcare: pupils will have the opportunity to hone their skills whilst working within school and volunteering in a local nursery. They will be given full training, uniforms and access to professional equipment.

Claire Baird, DYW Ayrshire Project Executive said “it is fantastic to see the schools investing in this approach. Skills Academies are allowing schools to offer vocational learning to young people out with the traditional setting of a classroom.

This is assisting the achievement of positive outcomes for young people by developing their readiness for work, their confidence, the appropriate attitudes and social skills.”

Walter Smith, Prince’s Trust Ayrshire Chair said “significant results are being achieved in improved attainment, positive destinations and community involvement. But most importantly it’s providing equal opportunity for all.”

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