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Peace Recruitment backs backs schools' skills programme

Peace Recruitment, the Edinburgh-based recruiter focused on the construction, property and engineering sectors, has announced it is taking part in the newly launched Building My Skills programme in Scotland.

The Building My Skills programme officially launched in Scotland in September with thousands of school children set to benefit from the youth employment initiative.

We are delighted to be one of the first Scottish companies to join the Building My Skills programme north of the border,” explains Chris Peace, managing director of Peace Recruitment.

“When I heard about the Building My Skills programme it immediately struck a chord with me, as I was that kid in school who did not know what he wanted to do when he left. This kind of programme would have really benefited me, so I’m hoping this will also be the case for the young people taking part. It’s not about lecturing the pupils, or telling them what to do, but rather trying to point them in the right and direction and letting them know what options are available to them.

"Passing exams and going to university is not for everyone so pupils need to know what else they can do. We will be giving them practical advice much in the same way we give practical advice to our clients, telling them what skills are needed for different careers and how they can obtain these skills.”

“Customer service, adding value and strategic recruitment advice is at the forefront of what we offer. We ensure all the candidates we put forward for jobs have the right skills set and are well prepared. This will be very similar to what we tell the pupils, that it’s vital to develop the right skills and have the right attitude if they are to achieve their career goals in the future.”

The programme, which is organised by Esh Border Construction, has been developed to give pupils the life skills they need in their careers by giving them access to businesses who can share their own experiences and expertise.  This is done in a structured module type manner with a programme the pupils complete at the end of each session. At the end of the year, those pupils who have successfully completed the programme will receive a mock interview from one of the participating companies.

Building My Skills is now running in 90 schools and 120 businesses, delivering 66,000 hours of education to 11,000 school pupils.

Schools across five local authority areas in the South and East of Scotland are set to benefit from the partnership with business professionals each delivering an interactive session providing insights on their career path, sector and the employability skills they value.

The Scottish schools taking part are:

• St Augustine’s High School, Edinburgh

• Forrester High School, Edinburgh

• Preston Lodge High School, East Lothian

• Broxburn Academy, West Lothian

• Maxwelltown High School, Dumfries and Galloway

• Galashiels Academy, Scottish Borders

Esh Border Construction partners, in Scotland, with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Peter Brett Associates, Peace Recruitment, Beattie Communications, Brodies Solicitors and The Armed Forces with more business partners encouraged to take part.

 

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