Career Ready students from across Glasgow and Edinburgh were given a particularly inspiring opportunity during their internships in June – to attend Scottish Parliament and meet Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, who even posed for some memorable selfies with the group.
The students, who are currently completing their internships at The Scottish Government, visited the Scottish Parliament to watch the final First Minister’s Questions (FMQs) of the Parliamentary Session and met the First Minister afterwards.
One student, Thomas Stephen, from Trinity Academy in Edinburgh, said: “It was amazing to see FMQs, particularly as it was the first FMQs since the EU referendum. The vibe in the room was just great as one minute it would be quite calm and then the next people would be shouting and laughing!
“Meeting the First Minister was even better – she took the time to answer our questions and have photos taken with us, which was a very special experience.”
The Scottish Government has been working with Career Ready since 2010 and continues to do so as part of Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy and their commitment to the Developing the Young Workforce programme. This year 13 Career Ready students from across Edinburgh and Glasgow are completing internships within the Civil Service, gaining valuable work experience and developing skills and knowledge relevant to learning, life and work.
Helen Webster, Active Scotland Programme Manager for the Scottish Government, mentors a Career Ready student and was responsible for organising the induction programme for the interns this summer. She said: “It was great for the students to have the chance to see the Parliament in action.
“We were very grateful to the First Minister for taking time out of her schedule – especially at such a busy time – to meet with us all and hear more about Career Ready.”
Career Ready students completing internships at The Scottish Government this year are working in a variety of departments within in Civil Service, including the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Student Awards Agency Scotland and the Scottish Fiscal Commission.
Helen continued: “We were really impressed with the questions the students asked and they were able to tell her about their roles here during their placement. There were also opportunities for many selfies to be taken!”
Shannon Glen, a student at Rosshall Academy in Glasgow, said: “I had a great time watching FMQs – it was really informative and enjoyable to watch. It was also great to meet the First Minister.”
Lauryn Hutchison from St Paul’s High School in Glasgow, added: “FMQs is something everyone should go to at least once."