Scottish Borders Housing Association gives pupils hands-on work experience

Scottish Borders Housing Association gives pupils hands-on work experience

Pupils at Knowepark Primary School in Selkirk were given hands-on experience of the world when Scottish Borders Housing Association recently visited their school.

As part of the Association’s strategy to support young people and families in its communities, the Developing the Young Workforce workshop saw Primary 7 pupils try out a range of practical skills, including joinery, plastering and plumbing. They also received an introduction to life skills such as IT and handling money.

SBHA’s chief executive Julia Mulloy said: “I’d like to thank Knowepark Primary School for welcoming SBHA staff. I’m delighted that the children had such a good time, and very proud of our staff for making sure that the day was a success. We are committed to supporting young people, and support a variety of apprenticeships, internships and work experience placements.”

Teacher Jennifer Kinsella said: “Recently, Primary 7 have been learning about different career pathways and skills needed to be successful in specific fields. We thought it was an ideal opportunity to work alongside SBHA to explore the wealth of careers available within the local community and learn directly from local tradesmen and experts.”

Pupil Niamh Dolan said: “I really enjoyed working with the SBHA finance team, as I learned how to work within a budget and I now know the importance of being careful with my money.”

Fellow pupils Gina Mackenzie and Aela Thomson added: “It was a great way to find out about different careers. It was also a great opportunity to try new things and get a hands-on experience with activities we had never tried before such as plastering and plumbing.”

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