Clydesdale Bank is the latest retailer at The Avenue, Newton Mearns to commit to Developing the Young Workforce as the branch joins the shopping centre’s initiative in partnership with Mearns Primary School.
Over the past year, national retailers including Asda, M&S, Specsavers and Waterstones as well as Centre Management at The Avenue have delivered the shopping centre’s workplace project in order to educate local primary school children in a workplace environment.
The Avenue launched their Developing the Young Workforce programme at the end of 2017 in partnership with Mearns Primary School giving 800+ local children aged from 4-11 the opportunity to learn from retailers at the shopping centre. The lessons are age group appropriate and have been created to be in line with the objectives of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence standards. The initiative aims to introduce children at Mearns Primary School to the fun experience of working in retail as well as giving understanding of the industry by spending time with the national retailers based within the busy shopping centre.
Michelle McCabe, Centre Manager at The Avenue said: “The Avenue is incredibly proud to have been able to offer children within our local community the chance to experience such an immersive and interactive experience over the past year, and Centre Management together with the retailers involved are committed to continually running this project for future class years”.
“We put this long-term strategic project in place to help local children and young people gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to support them in becoming successful learners, building confidence, and become effective contributors to society later in life. The children involved have learnt valuable skills and lessons for work, school and life through hands on work experience including visual merchandising, cash handling, customer service and property management.”
“As we now approach the end of our second academic year of the project, welcoming Clydesdale Bank on board is the next step in this progressive programme to enhance the pupils learning about the value of money and putting their maths in particular into practice”.
Trina Hay, Branch Manager at Clydesdale Bank in The Avenue said: “We are delighted to be joining fellow retailers at The Avenue to support Mearns Primary School pupils’ development. We are an integral part of our community and we want to demonstrate to our future local workforce how focussing on their subjects in school will add up as they grow older, earn an income, buy a house and some who may wish to progress to a successful career in finance.”
Sharon Hunter, Headteacher at Mearns Primary commented: “The local community provision that The Avenue has offered our school has greatly improved the motivation and engagement of all our learners from P1 to P7. We have thoroughly enjoyed working collaboratively with our retail partners in developing creative and innovative approaches that promote the Developing the Young Workforce national agenda. The children have developed and used transferrable enterprising skills which will prepare them for learning, life and work and their future careers.”
Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said: “There is no issue more fundamental to the future of Scotland than education. Ensuring that every young person is well prepared for life beyond the school gates, whatever path they choose, is something on which we can all agree on and business has a key role to play. That’s why CBI Scotland has called for all young people to have at least 4 meaningful, high-quality interactions with the world of work while at secondary school.
“Programmes like this, ones which already go above and beyond the 4 interactions we’ve called for, should rightly be celebrated for taking a lead in familiarising children with working life and helping them to develop the skills they’ll need for a successful career.”
Follow The Avenue online for more information on the pupils’ visit to the Clydesdale Bank and for more detail on the Developing the Young Workforce project, please visit www.avenueshopping.co.uk.