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Dundee Pupils Discover the World of Work

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Thirty Dundee school pupils have enjoyed three-day work experience placements at Dundee Science Centre, exploring everything from science communication and social media campaigns to Barista training.

Organised by Dundee City Council and funded by NCR, the placements saw the S3 pupils from Craigie High School, Braeview Academy and Harris Academy spend three days working across multiple departments in the Science Centre.

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Braeview and Harris Academy pupils with Lorraine Lemon and Jak Derrick-Ross of Dundee Science Centre.

Pupils from Harris Academy, Grove Academy, St. Paul’s Academy, St. John’s Academy, Baldragon Academy and Morgan Academy are also lined up for placements in the months ahead.

Lorraine Lemon, Head of Business Development said, “It’s been fantastic hosting these 30 pupils over the last couple of weeks.

“They’ve truly gained a new perspective on the diverse array of opportunities available here, discovering roles they might not have previously been aware of.  They have also developed some transferable skills which they can refer to when they’re building their CVs and applying for jobs, college or university. We are extremely grateful to NCR for funding their time here, and wish them the very best in their next steps.”

Stewart Hunter, Children, Families and Communities Convener at Dundee City Council, said, “The Dundee Science Centre placements present an incredible opportunity for our young people, particularly as it can be challenging to identify engaging placements around STEM, especially for this age group.

“But, while the Science Centre is focused on STEM, the pupils have gained so much more and developed some valuable transferable skills that will stand them in good stead for the future.

“As well as learning how, the team engages with the public around STEM activities, they’ve been involved in all aspects of the business, from marketing and reception work to retail, barista training, and even health and safety. Through these placements, they are much more likely to achieve a positive destination, whether it’s rewarding employment, college, or higher education.”

Today, the Centre was also presented with a certificate by Scott Cameron, Employer Liaison Officer at Developing the Young Workforce (Tay Cities) for signing up to the Young Person’s Guarantee.  The Scottish Government scheme is a commitment to connect every 16 to 24 year old in Scotland to an opportunity as they prepare for and take their first steps into the world of work.


Lorraine Lemon and Jak Derrick-Ross celebrating the Young Person’s Guarantee!

Scott said, “Dundee Science Centre is a huge advocate for inspiring and aspiring young people for life beyond school, especially around STEM careers. The Centre is also a key DYW partner, regularly participating in career events for both primary and secondary schools.

“The Science Centre also makes a huge contribution to the local community in terms of delivering bespoke events and activities for young people and families currently facing barriers and social issues, and the YPG is fitting recognition for the work that they do.

“Through this new work experience programme, pupils gain an invaluable opportunity and insight, helping them make informed decisions about their futures.

For more information, visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk