Edinburgh College helps pupils discover the world of work and skills

Edinburgh College curriculum teams supported a new event giving primary 5 pupils from across East Lothian the chance to experience the world of work and skills, which launched this week.

Jobs Kingdom Live, is the first event of its kind in Scotland, was held over two days at Queen Margaret University, and saw East Lothian’s primary 5 pupils have the chance to try out three ‘jobs’ from a diverse range of industries.

The activities raised awareness of a variety of different jobs, getting children thinking about their own skills and those required in the workplace, and encourage group work.

The children also received credits for their work which they can exchange for a Jobs Kingdom Live goodie bag. The event was sponsored by Santander Universities, Morrison Construction and Canon.

Around 30 industry exhibitors provided hands-on experiences showcasing the world of work and the diversity of jobs that exist.

Edinburgh College teams offered range of hands-on sessions covering commerce, hospitality and event management, broadcast media skills, technical theatre, acting and special effects make-up.

Other exhibitors included:

  • Archaeology Scotland lead a dig and children can explore, classify and sort historic finds
  • Charles River, Venesky Brown and Leonardo lead children through practical STEM activities
  • Police Scotland created a crime scene with role play around the tasks that would be required 
  • NHS Lothian held practical sessions giving an insight into the work of a nurse
  • Morrison Construction and Hart Builders lead construction-themed activities
  • Dynamic Earth and Astrostat explored careers in space.

East Lothian Council’s Cabinet member for Education, Councillor Shamin Akhtar, said: “Jobs Kingdom Live is part of our commitment to offering children and young people in our schools innovative opportunities to engage with the world of work, while also developing the workforce of the future.

“We are grateful to all of the partners involved in creating and launching Jobs Kingdom Live.”

Callum Maguire, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement at QMU, said: “We were delighted to be welcome children from across East Lothian to our campus in Musselburgh for two jam-packed days of exploration and skills development. At QMU, we’re passionate about ensuring that children are given opportunities like this to see for themselves what’s on offer in the world of work, and to have these early interactions with industry experts to give them every advantage in choosing a career path.”

Edinburgh College DYW Strategic Lead Deborah Robertson said: “We’re very proud to be a part of the Jobs Kingdom Live partnership, giving pupils an insight into a wide range of careers from an early age as well as demonstrating the skills and attributes they require in order to give them the best possible start to whichever career path they may decide to follow.  

“Our diverse course offering and reach across Edinburgh and the Lothians means that the College is ideally-placed to highlight to pupils the opportunities available to them in our region and beyond.

“It’s been brilliant working alongside the East Lothian pupils at QMU and to hopefully have a part to play in their educational and career development.”

Jobs Kingdom Live is a partnership between East Lothian Council’s employability service, East Lothian Works, Regional Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University and Napier University.