Hands-on skills for pupils at Knowepark

Pupils at Knowepark Primary were given a hands-on experience of working with a housing association last week, when Scottish Borders Housing Association visited their school.

As part of the Association’s strategy to support young people and families in its communities, the Developing the Young Workforce workshop saw Primary 7 pupils try out a range of practical skills, including joinery, plastering and plumbing. They also received an introduction to life skills such as IT and handling money.

The young workers spent time at eight different stations, each one set up to let them try out different activities related to a particular profession.

Among the skills pupils tried were: tiling and plastering a wall, setting up a pc, planning a weekly budget, installing a lock and checking a pipe network for leaks.

Organiser Scott Tomlinson, a Contracts Co-ordinator at SBHA, commented:

This has been a really fun day for the teams. It was great to see the kids really enjoying themselves, interacting with the SBHA teams and completely being out of their comfort zone.

 It is a great way for SBHA to be able to interact with the community and to have that visibility of what we can do and what services we can offer families in the Scottish Borders.