Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce

Our Lady’s is an early adopter of the careers input for the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce initiative and has already been involved in several events.

OLHS staff and senior pupils were invited to attend an event held by the Wild Hearts Foundation in Glasgow along with other Micro Tyco schools to participate in a question and answer session with business professionals. In addition, staff and pupils attended a four day event at Coatbridge College looking at roots and pathways for opportunities after school.

Many thanks to PT PSHE, Mrs Lyn Zambonini for all of her work on this initiative.

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Junior GEL Conference

3rd year pupils, Dearbhla McCabe and Steffanie Liddell, accompanied by Miss McGinty, took part in the WildHearts Junior GEL Conference in RBS Headquarters at Gogarburn, Edinburgh last week.

GEL stands for Global Entrepreneurial Leaders and the conference featured a number of talks from entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and the Micro-Tyco school and university champions.

OLHS 3rd year pupils will all participate in Micro-Tyco during November.

Report from Dearbhla McCabe

On 9th September, myself, Steffanie and Miss McGinty attended a GEL event for Micro Tyco.We had to get the train t Edinburgh so it required an early start. We arrived at the event via tram, andwent to the Royal Bank of Scotland HQ.WE were greeted by workers of RBS and shown to our seats.

There we were spoken to by Gavin Armstrong (CEO of Lucky Ivan Fish) and Lilian Lee (CEO of Fourth World Art). Both these business people talked about how their help will improve third world countries.

After a quick break Josh Littlejohn (founder of Social Bite) spoke about starting ad running a business and then there was a Q & A. A few members from Entrepreneuria Spark gave a presentation which included audience interaction. We then had lunch and made our way back to Motherwell.

I enjoyed the day and felt I learned a lot from these business leaders.

Micro Tyco

Pupils in 3rd year have now completed their four week Micro Tyco entrepreneurship.

Pupils worked in teams during Tutor Time to turn a £1 donation into as much money as possible, all of which is returned to the Wild Hearts Charity.

Amongst a variety of activities, pupils made tea for staff, designed and made bracelets from ring-pulls and ribbons, collected sandwiches, washed cars, held raffles and quizzes, tidied classrooms, made Christmas cards and cakes, sold sweets and organised events. Along the way, they had to advertise their product, encourage people to participate and keep them interested across four weeks.

Their feedback shows that pupils have learned a great deal about how much work is needed in a business, how important pricing is, and how vital it is to have a good idea to begin with.

Micro Tyco

Report by Mrs Zambonini

Micro Tyco is a social enterprise project which raises money for Wild Hearts Charity providing small start up loans to entrepreneurs across the world.

All of the OLHS S3 tutor classes are taking part and using this to certificate two SQA units – Self Awareness and Enterprise Activity. The S3 teams are given £1 seed money which they then need to ‘grow’. Last year we had 32 teams so from £32 seed money we managed to send back £550 – we are hoping to beat that this year.

Micro Tyco began for OLHS on Friday 1st November and runs for four weeks. Thanks (in advance) for your support.

For more information about Micro Tyco, please watch the video