5th April 2022

Why Going Back to School is Best When You’re Older

School pupils will sit exams this year for the first time in three years and as I walked through the doors of Auchmuty High School last week, less than a month before the exam diet starts,  I sensed a change in the atmosphere of the school. I can’t think of  many young people that actually enjoy exams (I certainly didn’t), but when their exams finish, some of these pupils will be leaving school and looking for employment for the first time. The prospect of finding a job and moving into the world of work is undoubtably a daunting one.

I was there to deliver the last of six employability sessions to senior phase pupils. Developed by Hand Picked, with the support of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Fife, the programme is designed to support young people into jobs. Local employers support teachers and their pupils in the classroom with their knowledge and experience of what they are looking for in an employee.

Not everyone looks back on school with fond memories and the last two years may have made that harder for some young people to do. Having the opportunity to return as an adult to share knowledge and experience and play just a small part in inspiring the decisions our young people will make about their futures is a privilege.

Is it scary? Absolutely. Is it worth it? Without a shadow of doubt.

School leavers are in desperate need of the skills to get into and keep a job, and they want to benefit from what employers have to offer them. This programme will run again in Fife but there are opportunities to work with other organisations across Scotland. I encourage every employer to give up a small amount of their time to make a big difference to our young people. They will make up the pool from which you are recruiting and it is equally rewarding for you as it is to them.

If you require any Employment Law advice, please contact a member of the Blackadders Employment Team working in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and across Scotland.

Donna Reynolds - employment law partner

Donna Reynolds, Partner
Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Employment Law & Discrimination Law


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