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Simon Phillips, MD, Esh Border Construction

Scottish school children to receive employability programme

Building My Skills is reaching record numbers of students in Scotland, bringing together employers and pupils to develop desired employment skills

Posted by Charley Rogers | September 09, 2017 | Events

Record numbers of Scottish school children are set to benefit from an award-winning employability skills programme, as Esh Border Construction’s Building My Skills launches for the third academic year.

The initiative, which will engage 42 businesses and 2,000 students from 14 secondary schools across Scotland, brings together pupils and employers.

Its aim is to offer students a well-rounded introduction to the world of work, equip them with valued employability skills, and deliver relevant and worthwhile advice from real business people.

Simon Philips, Managing Director of Esh Border Construction said, “It is wonderful to have such a wide variety of delivery partners on board for this year’s programme.

“The ethos of Esh Border Construction is very much rooted in the ideal of giving back to the communities in which we operate. That is why ‘Added Value’ programmes, such as Building My Skills, play such an important role in our delivery.

“We are extremely proud of the initiative and it has been truly wonderful to see how it has grown in Scotland. Special thanks should go to our valued delivery partners, our Added Value team, and of course the participating schools and their ever eager pupils.”

Darush Dodds, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Added Value at Esh, said, “The collaborative nature of Building My Skills is what makes it such a unique offering and we’re very excited by this year’s programme. It is great to see so many businesses on board as we look to deliver worthwhile quality careers information to the workforce of the future.”

Students from schools across the Central Belt, Fife, the Lothians, and Borders will receive five 45-minute sessions from a range of business sectors, delivered across the academic year.

Mock interviews will be offered to successful students

Businesses taking part include: Edinburgh Airport, Peace Recruitment, Jewson, Peter Brett Associates, Contract Scotland, Kwik Fit, NHS Borders, Dyslexia Scotland, Fife Council, and Rabbie’s Tours.

Each session is delivered by a different business guest who will provide an insight into their career path, their sector, valued employability skills, and support the completion of a ‘checkpoint’.

The scheme is backed by the Developing Young Workforce (DYW) programme – which aims to better prepare children and young people aged 3–18 for the world of work.

Jen Henderson, Programme Manager with DYW said, “The Building My Skills programme provides a fantastic forum to develop the employability of students. The programme is delivered by a community of business partners who, by the wide array of businesses and sectors they represent, also offer a diverse breadth of insights which we haven’t seen before. DYW Forth Valley are really excited to be part of this, and to be supporting Esh and the business partners to grow and develop our future workforce in Scotland.”

Students who successfully complete the programme will be invited to the regional mock interview day where they will be put through their paces by a local employer.

The scheme, which is now underway, has received national plaudits including nomination in the CSR category at the flagship Scottish Business Awards, Business in the Community’s coveted ‘National Big Tick for Education Partnership’, and CECA National Inspiring Education National awards.

Companies wishing to take part in Building My Skills can contact for more information.

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