Moray Skills Partnership aims to have ‘positive impact’ on future generations

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CONSTRUCTION FIRM ROBERTSON Norther have joined a select group of businesses in marking the beginning of the Moray Skills Pathway, part of Moray Council’s education strategy.

Robertson Northern will be leading the Construction Sector group and will work alongside the Construction Industry Training Board, Springfield Properties, AES Solar Ltd, Balfour Beatty, Morrison Construction, Moray Council, Breedon Aggregates and Moray College.

Each of these local partners have shown continued commitment to the young people of Moray aged from three to 24 years old, in a scheme which will bring future employment opportunities and continued development to local school children.

The strategy encourages the education services and local employers to work closely together to engage and develop young people in the Moray area. Focusing on eight key areas of development, the strategy covers: creativity, employability, self-management, teamwork, communication, independent thinking, interpersonal skills and leadership.

Jade O’Hara, Regional Engagement Co-ordinator for Robertson Northern, said: “We are really proud to be a part of a scheme that will have a positive impact on many future generations to come.

“The Moray Skills Pathway is the first step in getting businesses and schools working strategically and proactively, ensuring young people are inspired by the world of work, and have the relevant skill set required to get into the workplace when leaving school.

“These workplace skills will be complemented by the range of interpersonal skills that will be developed through the scheme. Each child will have these at their disposal for whatever path they choose to take after school.

“Our work with the Moray Skills Pathway is in addition to the ongoing work that we do with Developing the Young Workforce, Moray, something that we as a business are really passionate about.”

The Moray Skills Pathway has identified eight key growth sectors in Moray including construction, early education and childcare, health and social care, engineering and food and drink.

Every child in the Moray area will have a minimum of four experiences in these fields before making their final subject choices. Throughout the lifetime of the scheme, partners involved in the Moray Skills Pathway will host a variety of activities including; mock interviews, industry visits, career discussions and skills festivals.

Maxine Scott, Education Support Officer – Skills, of Moray Council said: “The commitment that these local Moray businesses are showing to our talented pool of youngsters in the area is really brilliant. The knowledge, skills and confidence that they will impart in the children and young people will open doors for them, that I’m sure of.

“The integration of the Moray Skills Pathway into the curriculum means that the partnership between schools, business, parents and pupils goes far beyond where it ever has been before. Thank you to the businesses who are pledging their allegiance t and I look forward to seeing the young people of Moray prosper in whatever path they take.”