School leavers’ programme is top of its class

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A scheme to increase school pupils’ chances of landing a job has scooped a major prize at a prestigious awards ceremony.

East Dunbartonshire Council was honoured at the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Awards, held at Glasgow’s Thistle Hotel recently.

The local authority landed the ‘Chair’s Award for Partnership Working’ for the ‘Empower’ programme, which was delivered in secondary schools.

It specifically targeted those who were looking to leave formal education at the earliest opportunity - supplying them with skills for life, learning and work.

The council teamed up with link teachers, YES trainers and Skills Development Scotland careers advisers to run the scheme, which included practical help such as assistance with preparing CVs, experience of mock interviews and enterprise activities.

Councillor Eric Gotts, the council’s education convener, accepted the award on behalf of the council.

He said: “It is very important to highlight how important partnership is to the future of Scotland and I thank all those involved in making the programme a success.”