During September and October 400 new students and their mentors came together for the first time at a series of launch events for the 2014-16 Career Ready programme in Scotland.
The five events, including the first ever launch of the Career Ready programme in Moray, offered an ice-breaker activity involving hula hoops to tune into what it feels like to be doing something together for the first time; an exercise using pictures to open up conversations which allowed students and mentors to share their experience of important relationships in their lives; and opportunities to hear from current students.
Audiences also heard inspirational talks by Sean Conway, the first man to swim from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and Craig Mathieson, the first ever Scottish polar explorer to successfully expedition to the South Pole. Craig, who founded the Polar Academy, encouraged everyone at the events to find ‘their north’ through their Career Readyy experience.
Describing her experience at the event, Ella Gibbs, student from Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh, said: “I'd just love to say a huge thank you for today. It was an experience I can now take on and remember for a long time. The event itself was spectacular and from my point of view so successful.
“I look forward to my year ahead with Career Ready, to meeting you all again and meeting new people too.”
Mentors will next meet with students and their parents and guardians at the first in-school meetings.
Anne Wexelstein, Director for Scotland, said: “The launch events this year were bigger and better than ever, with more than 60 schools and 150 employer organisations from across Scotland involved. They offer a fantastic opportunity to bring mentors and students together in a high impact yet informal setting ,and help them to get to know each other.
“We aim to have some fun as well as allowing everyone, students and mentors alike, to get the most out of the programme. I’d like to thank each and every person involved this year and wish you all the best for the programme ahead.”
For more information and to see some of the photos and reactions from the events search #launchCAScot on Twitter.