Denny High wants employers to talk to pupils at new jobs fair

Successful businesman Sir Ian Wood wants to help cut youth unemployment
Successful businesman Sir Ian Wood wants to help cut youth unemployment

A school is looking for businesses, training providers and other inspirational people to speak at its first jobs fair later in the year.

Denny High is organising the event to give its pupils a greater understanding of the world of work and the opportunities that are available to them once they reach the end of their time at the school in Herbertshire.

The move follows the recent publication of a government-commissioned report that claims employers should play a bigger role in schools across Scotland to prepare pupils for working life.

Firms and further education centres that sign up for the Denny High School jobs fair will be given a stall from which they can speak to students and hand out promotional literature.

There will also be the opportunity for individuals, such as parents, to address pupils on their own employment experience and answer any questions.

The jobs fair will take place on October 2 from 6.30-8.30 p.m., but organisers are looking to hear from interested parties before the end of the current school term.

Teacher Peter Graham, one of the event organisers, said: “What we are looking for is people to come along on the evening, they will get a “stall” and pupils, parents and staff from the school can come around to talk to about what they do for a living.

“We are trying to get young people thinking about career prospects for when they leave school, and in the light of recent publication of the Wood Report, this aims to be a fantastic event.”

The Wood Report, commissioned by the Scottish Government, recommended that employers play a far bigger role in schools and colleges. Businessman Sir Ian Wood claimed if the measures contained were implemented, youth unemployment could be cut by 40 per cent.

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