P .5 Dragons Den Day ImageIn April this year, Scott McIntyre, Business Unit Head of On-site Logistics and Cask Storage, became a dragon for the day at Alloa Academy. Second year pupils participated in a ‘Dragons Den’ themed competition where they had to design, build and present a board game to the dragons.

Hear more about the day from Scott:

“I was part of a panel of dragons watching the presentations, with the diffi  cult job of having to choose a winner. The dragons were from a variety of backgrounds, from a local shop owner to managers in the business world, as well as individuals from Skills Development Scotland and the local authority. The pupils were fantastic; they put a lot of work into the competition and their presentation skills were incredible. It was a great opportunity for the pupils to interact with people from the business world, be challenged and increase their presentation skills from a young age. I have been working closely with Developing the Young Workforce Forth Valley recently, where I have been given the opportunity to support and encourage young people in their career choices in the Clackmannanshire area.

Carntyne is one of the largest employers in the local area so I think it is vital we are involved in local events, especially if they inspire and motivate young people. I have also been involved in other projects such as site tours of Blackgrange and mock interviews for 5th year pupils. This was a welcome opportunity for the pupils to improve their interview skills. Another local event I attended recently involved ‘quick career questions’ where 4th year pupils had the opportunity to ask career related questions to individuals from the local community. These types of events provide young people with more information to make informed decisions when choosing their next step after school. The team at Carntyne have built a strong relationship with Developing the Young Workforce Forth Valley and look forward to supporting more events in the future.”

Michelle Carr, Programme Co-ordinator from DYW Forth Valley, said:

“The importance of business engagement in schools and further education cannot be underestimated. If young people are better informed about what careers are available and the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, they can make better choices and decisions about their future. Businesses can motivate and inspire a pupil by giving them an opportunity to benefi t from their knowledge and on the job practical skills and can also help them develop their soft skills such as self-confidence, assertiveness and communication. I have to say a big thanks to Scott and Carntyne for getting involved as working together, we can help make a difference.”