Penicuik project helps Callum get ‘career ready’
A final-year pupil from Beeslack High School in Penicuik has started an internship with the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project as part of the nationwide Career Ready programme.
Callum Boyle (17) is assisting with heritage and history projects in Penicuik as part of the town’s five-year heritage regeneration project.
Preparing for a career
The Career Ready programme involves identifying a mentor to assist pupils in preparing for a career once leaving school. Rod Lugg, the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project manager, has agreed to be Callum’s mentor while he is working there over the summer.
“This is a great opportunity to assist a young person gain work experience and provide mentoring support for a future career,” explained Rod. “Callum will be able to gain valuable experience and at the same time contribute to the important work being done in Penicuik to regenerate the historic core of the town.”
Callum added: “I am grateful for the opportunity that I have been given to work alongside the Penicuik Heritage Regeneration programme. This has enabled me to better myself and stand out from others.”
On leaving school, Callum is hoping to follow a career in Human Resources (HR) management. One of the things he will be looking at as part of his internship will be the management of volunteers who are engaged in heritage and history projects.
Career Ready is a national charity that links schools with employers to help young people kickstart rewarding futures and prepare them for the world of work. 98 per cent of Career Ready students find a positive destination on leaving school.
More than 300 employer organisations and more than 2,500 employer volunteers support the programme across 14 council areas in Scotland.
The Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project is a partnership comprising the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, Midlothian Council, Penicuik Community Development Trust, Penicuik First (the Penicuik Business Improvement District) and Penicuik Community Council.