A new work placement programme has been introduced, run in partnership with Action for Children at Lady Cathcart, as part of the AB56 Futures project to encourage the uptake of free early learning and childcare.
The group of young people from Buckie High School embarked on a week-long placement, to learn which skills and qualities are needed to enter the childcare profession. They also spent the day working in a local nursery, investigating the different roles and career paths available in the sector.
Throughout the week they had the opportunity to reflect on their future career path, as well as securing SQA units that will support their career aspirations.
Chair of Moray Council’s Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Cllr Sonya Warren, said: “As part of the Moray Skills Pathway it’s important that we create opportunities for young people to develop their skills, to allow them to enter the workforce in areas we know are required.
“With early learning and childcare being one of our growth sectors, we need to inspire young people to explore the career options available to them.”
The aim is to offer this to all secondary schools, in partnership with their own local nurseries, and give a meaningful route into early learning and childcare as a future career.