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West Lothian is the first local authority in Scotland to have My World of Work Ambassadors in place throughout all of its secondary schools.

My World of Work Ambassadors act as peer advocates within their schools for Scotland’s careers web service.

The ambition is for all secondary schools in Scotland to have pupils volunteering as My World of Work Ambassadors to help promote the careers web service to parents, teachers and fellow pupils.

Sharon O’Rourke, Partnership Development and Integration Executive said: “I’m delighted West Lothian is the first local authority to have all of their schools involved, with more than 100 My World of Work Ambassadors signed up.

“The teachers I have been working with really see the benefit for their pupils in gaining valuable work experience, while discovering they are gaining leadership and project management skills.” 

All 11 West Lothian schools have signed up for the 2017-18 session and a total of 109 volunteers from S3-S6 year groups.

Grant McDougall, Head of Operations for Skills Development Scotland’s (SDS)  South East Region said: “I am proud of the entire SDS team in West Lothian for their hard work to get to this stage. This is a further example of the excellent partnership working relationships that we have with the Council which allow us to deliver the best possible outcomes for young people in the area.”

The volunteer ambassadors have started their training and are planning activities to encourage others to use the great tools and resources available on My World of Work.  

As well as helping pupils develop key transferable skills for employment, the programme develops their career management skills and provides evidence for Wider Achievement Awards, personal statements, C.Vs, applications and interview preparation. 

SDS’s South East Area Manager Donald Lumsden said: “The programme was developed by SDS in collaboration with schools, so the My World of Work Ambassadors programme provides an opportunity for pupils to promote the resources available on the website while gaining valuable experience and skills that are transferable to the world of work. This success is an excellent example of effective partnership working.”

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