Raasay children take part in a week of work

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Pupils at Raasay Primary School have been experiencing the world of work.

Normal lessons were put aside to allow pupils to take part in workshops covering a wide range of professions as part of the Developing Young Workforce programme.

Head teacher Wilma Duncan explained: ‘At Raasay Primary School we place great emphasis on developing knowledge and experience in our young people both within and outwith the classroom through the identification and mapping of core skills that will support lifelong learning and work.

‘Vocational experiences, provided by our local community, offer young people the opportunity to gain vital skills and experiences and enhance their understanding of skills development that links the classroom learning to that of the wider world.’

Each pupil had a skills passport which they completed after each workshop to help them reflect on their work.

At the beginning of the week, children identified the skills they thought they had and the areas they would like to develop.

They then took part in workshops representing various career paths including chef, paramedic, personal trainer, computer coding, receptionist, hairdresser, roofer, civil engineer, bricklayer, architect, crofter, silversmith, gardener, housekeeper, yoga tutor, dry stone walling and dental nurse.

By the end of the week some of the children had changed their minds about their possible career paths.