Pupils enjoy First Chances event

Pupils from four High Schools in Fife are the latest to find out more about potential new careers thanks to an Eco workshop event hosted by Fife College.

The workshop was part of First Chances, a partnership programme between the University of St Andrews, Fife Education, The Robertson Trust and Fife College.

The 112 first year pupils from Levenmouth Academy, Woodmill, Auchmuty and Viewforth High Schools took part in the fun and informative workshop which involved them forming a company to design an Eco classroom and to draft a plan of ideas to teach people in the community how to care more for our planet.

Working in teams of ten, the pupils held board meetings, assigned roles, completed research and then working together came up with designs for a classroom, community spaces and gardens before presenting them to everyone else at the event.

The event was organised and delivered as part of Developing Young Workforce (DYW) by Fife College’s School College Partnership team.

Marc Fleming, Curriculum Manager for Built Environment and Interior Design at Fife College said: “This was a fantastic event which generated some amazing ideas from the pupils from growing vegetables to enhance community partnership to creating kinetic pathways and solar panels to make energy savings. The groups also came up with ideas around promoting positive behaviours in the community regarding looking after outside spaces and recycling – all of which was achieved in just four hours.

“Events such as this are a great way to get pupils interested in new subjects that they might not learn in school and get them thinking about future subject choices and career paths.”

Lynne Ralph, Head of DYW Partnerships at Fife College said: “We are delighted to be part of the very successful First Chances - an innovative programme which aims to raise the aspirations and attainment of selected pupils from primary seven throughout their high school journey, with continued support into higher education.

“The programme is an excellent platform for us to showcase what we have in College providing pupils with the information and experiences they need to make informed choices about the subjects they are studying in school and potential future careers. The workshops also allowed the students to learn more about working in teams and meet new friends – above all they had loads of fun and had a great experience at College.”

First Chances is part of a series of College initiatives to create innovative and progressive learning pathways which widen opportunities for all young people in Fife to help them achieve their goals and maximise their potential.