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Career Ready students complete summer internships

This summer 36 students on West Lothian Council's Career Ready Programme benefitted from a 4-week-long, paid, internship.

22 August
Career ready internships

Summer internships are a regular feature of the Career Ready Programme, with pupils completing them at the mid-way point of the programme, prior to moving into sixth year at school.

24 employer organisations including the council, West Lothian College and the Scottish Government hosted the pupils.

Students based within the council  were involved in a variety of activities from helping out at Community Fridges, shadowing WLC Modern Apprentices, visiting the National Records of Scotland, collecting marriage schedules, visiting Housing Offices and attending Economic Regeneration meetings.

Students are required to deliver a presentation at the end of their internship which details their experience on the programme and those working in the council presented to a packed room which included their parents, teachers and senior officers in the audience.

One of the pupils, Jane, who was based in the West Lothian Council Registration Office said: ""I'm most proud of overcoming challenges of mine such as fear of doing something wrong, talking to new people and being able to build relationships with colleagues.

"I gained a lot of confidence through speaking and interacting with customers. I also strengthened my communication skills by talking to new people (colleagues & customers)"

Angel, who was based with Economic Development, said "I gained a lot of confidence working here. I've loved it all!"

Head of Planning, Economic Development & Regeneration, Craig McCorriston said: "I'd like to congratulate the students for completing the Career Ready Programme and for delivered their presentations with such enthusiasm and confidence.  I was delighted to hear positive comments about the programme and the benefits the students have gained from it. It was a pleasure having Angel working with the service and I wish her every success in her future career."

The Career Ready Programme gives targeted students the chance to experience the world of work, raising their aspirations and broadening their social network. Participants follow a rigorous two-year programme, which complements their school studies. Activities within the period include; master classes from business 'gurus', visits to a wide range of employers, a paid internship and 1:1 mentoring.

Participation in the programme has been shown to enhance the career and employment prospects of these young people; whether they opt for employment, work-based learning (such as apprenticeships or school leaver programmes) or higher education.

Executive Councillor for education, David Dodds said:

"We are fully committed to ensuring that our young people are equipped with the knowledge they need to enter further and higher education, training and the employment market. We also have to thank employers who have been involved with this year's programme for providing our young people with the opportunity to gain crucial work experience with them."

Any business which would like more information about supporting the programme in West Lothian should contact Michelle Robertson - / 01506 281941or Larissa Russell - or 07715 522364.




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