Sir Ian Wood’s report (Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce) was published in 2014 and was designed to improve young people’s transition into employment. A key recommendation within the report was that:
By the end of S3, all pupils should have a demonstrable understanding of the process of finding, applying for and successfully getting and sustaining a job.
James Hamilton Academy works hard to implement this recommendation. Various initiatives are in place to ensure that pupils from S1 onwards develop robust knowledge and understanding of relevant career pathways as well as the skills, qualities and qualifications required for different careers and that they learn about the processes of applying for a job, preparing a CV and presenting at interview.
This work is underpinned by the Careers Clinic which takes place every November as part of the school’s Careers Week. Many organisations and businesses attend to present their careers information and all pupils get the opportunity to go round the stalls and to find out about the range of careers on offer. They can collect a variety of leaflets and information packs to take away so that they can discuss options further at home.
The Careers Clinic took place on 2 November 2016