Pupils showcase employability skills

We pledge to support more young people

ASN pupils showcase skills

An employability event for three of North Lanarkshire's Additional Support Needs schools took place to showcase the range of vocational activities available for young people to support work experience and improve their employment opportunities.

As a Disability Confident Leader, managers and leaders from across the council attending the event, signed a pledge to further support work experience opportunities for the young people.

Organised by the council's Supported Enterprise Team, the event at New College Lanarkshire, Coatbridge, saw over 40 pupils from Glencryan School in Cumbernauld, Fir Park School, Motherwell and Buchanan High School, Coatbridge, come together to highlight many of the vocational activities they are involved in. Fabulous videos and a busy marketplace illustrated the extensive range of skills the young people have. From horticulture and producing absolutely delicious food, to automotive and construction, a range of activities were on display together with the fruits of their entrepreneurial labours including the production of jewellery and bespoke mugs.

"Part of our work and commitment as a Disability Confident Leader is to support young people with disabilities and health conditions transition into employment", explained Yvonne Weir, Enterprise Manager.

"Our Supported Enterprise Team works in partnership with young people from ASN establishments and mainstream schools to engage them in employability activities, supported work placements and supported post-school employment. We were delighted to outline the support on offer and we'll continue to run events like this one to expand opportunities to include more young people."

Over 80 council managers came along together with local councillors, Tom Castles, Agnes McGowan and Allan Graham.

John Morley, Head Teacher at Fir Park School said: "A huge thanks to the supported employment team. The ASN showcase event was a fantastic success. The pupils were given an opportunity to showcase their talents and didn't they shine!"

Yvonne added: "We all want all young people in North Lanarkshire to achieve their full potential and developing the young workforce is a priority for us."

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