Congratulations to Aaron Clark, Charlotte Smith and Nicole Kirk who recently completed an 8 week work experience placement with the Social Justice Department of the Scottish Government. This was a pilot project with the aim of opening up work experience opportunities to pupils with a view to increasing awareness of Modern Apprenticeships within the Scottish government.
The three pupils were selected for a place on the programme following a competitive personal statement application process where all three excelled.
The pupils were able to experience the day to day life of working within a busy government office. They enjoyed the privilege of being able to read, comment on and contribute to pre-published policy documents giving them a real sense of involvement, engagement and personal worth.
The three pupils travelled to Edinburgh as part of this programme and were introduced to the Scottish Parliament. They witnessed First Ministers Questions and were given a tour of the building by MSP for Rutherglen, Claire Haughey who also introduced them to the Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh.
The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and Charlotte stated, “This has been a unique and extremely valuable experience. Through this placement I have had the opportunity to talk to different people within the government, attend First Ministers Questions and meet MSPs.” When asked what she would remember most about her experience Charlotte said, “For me the best aspect of the placement was learning there are other paths after school than university and has been beneficial in showing me the many departments and people within the Scottish Government. I would recommend this placement to others as you gain invaluable, vital experience and you learn all the different things the Scottish Government does.”
Nicole added, “I think the experience has been extremely useful and the flexible nature of the scheme has allowed me to explore areas I am interested in. I most enjoyed meeting with civil servants from the education section as I found discussing the attainment gap very interesting. “
The Social Justice Department marked their success with an award ceremony and invited all the participating partners as well as parents and Trinity High School Head Teacher Mr Peter Bollen.
Trinity High School are very much looking forward to working with Karen Armstrong and Shona McTavish of the Social Justice department again in the very near future.
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