SEVEN SECONDARY SCHOOL students from throughout Moray have been praised for their ‘dedication and commitment’ on completion of an internship with the Moray Council.
They were taking part in a two-year ‘Career Ready’ programme with each supported by a mentor and taking part in the delivery of services such as social care, trading standards and design.
Head of schools and curriculum development at the local authority, Vivienne Cross, said that the unique programme included a business mentor for each of the seven taking part.
She added: “It’s really exciting for us to host a number of interns who, judging by their presentations, have really gained from the experience and in particular have developed their work ready skills.
“The most exciting part is that as a major employer, Moray Council has benefitted greatly from their input, ideas and creativity and the projects they have worked on individually and in teams. We’re proud of them all.”
Sixteen-year-old Declan Gordon, in his sixth year at Lossiemouth High School, said he could not have asked for a better mentor or experience.
Declan said: “I’ve been learning about the history of the Duke of Edinburgh awards in Moray and working on pulling together an exhibition about it. Karen has been so supportive and has pushed me out of my comfort zone, which I’ve really benefitted from.”
His mentor has been Karen Delaney, who said the experience has been of great personal benefit to her: “It’s been a pleasure seeing a group of shy, sometimes awkward, teenagers come into work, grow their skills and blossom. They’ve all done themselves proud.”
Owen Walters from Forres Academy originally wanted to pursue a career in sound engineering, but the experience has led him to consider another path.
Owen said: “The highlight of the experience for me was working with the graphic designer, Angus. I now know that design is something I want to continue with.”
Maxine Scott, who is Education Support Officer, Skills for Moray Council, said: “Having young people engage in work-related learning with us gives them a much better understanding of Moray Council as an employer. It’s also great for us to get a young and fresh perspective on our work and the processes we use here.”