MONIFIETH High School and Signpost International and Pure Media won the school category in Angus Council’s Partnership Excellence Awards which were announced at a gathering in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Tuesday evening.
The Partnership Excellence Award went to Creative Spaces Steering Group – Creative Spaces.
Around 200 guests had gathered to celebrate, acknowledge and publicise the excellent partnership which exists between education and employers in Angus.
At the event, 76 businesses were recognised with an Enterprise Ambassador Award and each was presented with a framed certificate by Neil Logue, director of education.
These organisations had been nominated by Angus schools in appreciation of the support and assistance received during the last school year to enhance the learning and teaching opportunities within their school.
Sixth year pupils from Monifieth High School, in partnership with Dundee-based Signpost International and Pure Media, travelled to the Tamil Nadu Region of south east India for a three-week exposure visit.
During this time everyone was immersed in the lives of the people whom they met. A programme had been designed through close working between Signpost International and the staff and pupils to include ‘days in the life’ experiences where pupils took an active role in the lives of the villagers to gain an in depth understanding of the hardships and very real issues which they face.
The Creative Spaces event is managed by a steering group made up of various organisations and individuals in the public and private sector.
The purpose is to give second year pupils and their teachers an introduction to the world of design and construction at an event which connects schools with Dundee College, the construction industry, and a range of design professionals in a creative and inspiring environment, but with a competitive edge.
Four nominations were shortlisted for the award in each category, highlighting some of the fantastic examples of partnership working taking place throughout Angus.
A certificate was awarded in recognition of all shortlisted nominations with the winners receiving a commemorative trophy for the school and the partner involved.
Education committee convener Councillor Peter Nield said: “Angus Council recognises the importance of developing enterprise and employability skills in young people as an integral part of their education – skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.
“Employer engagement is central to this – bringing relevance and context to the curriculum, engaging and enthusing young people and enhancing their learning – something that employers and organisations from in and around Angus have been embracing.
“Building partnerships between local employers, organisations, the wider community and Angus schools, gives our young people the breadth of experience needed to increase their self-confidence and motivation, develop the skills and attitudes required to succeed beyond school and become the successful employees, employers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”
Any businesses or organisations interested in working in partnership with education to promote and support enterprise in Angus should contact 01307 473632 for further information.