L. MacMillan – DYW Lead
Developing Young Workforce work is led in Belmont Academy by Laura MacMillan (Principal Teacher DYW) who has been in post since October 2017 and does this alongside her role as Music teacher in the school.
Scottish Careers Week
As we look to celebrate Scottish Careers Week 13th – 17th November, we are looking to create a Developing Young Workforce Partnership Database to form and further develop links to the world of work. Please take a few minutes to complete the following Microsoft Form.
For anyone interested in learning more about Allied Health Professional Careers please see link below:
Option Choice Webinar
Option Choices webinar for parents and carers of S2 and S3 pupils, Thursday 7 December 6.30pm.
Skills Development Scotland careers advisers are hosting a webinar for parents and carers of S2 and S3 pupils. This will be to discuss option choices and the support and resources available from Skills Development Scotland to support both young people and parents and carers at this time.
Innovative School Projects
In the past five years the school has introduced Innovative School Projects with external funding support from DYW Ayrshire and Prince’s Trust Ayrshire. These projects have allowed our young people to develop skills beyond the traditional classroom and gain industry recognised qualifications. Our Innovative School Projects are:
Bee Glam Beauty Bar – initially was a Nail Bar but has now extended to cover skin care, hair and make-up too *
Bee Happy Café – barista and customer service class *
Bee Leaf – our Rural Skills class led by Mr Aitken (Principal Teacher of Geography) and SRUC
Busy Bees Childcare – childcare class
Bee Fresh – our enterprise iced coffee, smoothie and milkshake project run in conjunction with Bee Happy Café *
*This innovative school project is delivered in Belmont Academy by Ayrshire College lecturers
In December 2018 Belmont Academy became the 50th school in Scotland to become an SCQF Ambassador school and in February 2022 we successfully upgraded our status to Bronze level. After reflection on the additional pathways and learning experiences we offer young people and the partnerships we have forged over the years with local businesses and Ayrshire College; we re-applied and were granted Silver status in September 2022.
A team of SCQF Pupil Ambassadors work alongside Miss MacMillan to raise awareness of the SCQF Framework and the wide range of subjects available to study in Belmont Academy. This has helped young people make informed choices when it comes to selecting subjects S2 and above and assisted many young people to consider a variety of pathways and possibilities as they prepare for life, learning and work beyond Belmont. Look out for the SCQF Ambassador stand at parents’ evenings and whole school events.
Learning Opportunities & Trips
Our young people have had opportunities to learn and develop their knowledge & skills on many DYW trips and events beyond the classroom including:
STEM Aerospace Event at Prestwick Airport
Countryside Careers at Dumfries House
UWS Foundation Academy
Ayrshire College Hospitality Skills and Sector awareness
Composing Workshop for Music pupils by Belmont alumni and established composer Gillian Walker
SkyPath & Collins Aerospace Trip
National School and College Leavers Show – Glasgow
Wild Oyster Project
Workshop and information session about UWS Commercial Music with Jim Prime (Deacon Blue)
We also are grateful to the many businesses and charities that visit us and offer learning experiences in our school.