Apprentice Day for Highland Youth Parliament Members
28th March 2019
The 14th Highland Youth Parliament Apprentice Day was held on Tuesday, 26th March 2019.
Highland Youth Parliament, the elected Youth Parliament for the Highlands, holds an annual ‘Apprentice Day' on which members of HYP shadow Senior Managers across public sector services. The aim of the Apprentice Day is for services to gauge young people's views of their service and for services to become more aware of Highland Youth Parliament and young peoples’ views. It also provides an opportunity to give young people a better understanding of the services provided for them and how services impact on and consult with young people. There were16 young people from across Highland ‘shadowing’ representatives from High Life Highland, The Highland Council, NHS Highland, Police Scotland, Fire and Rescue Service Scotland, the University of the Highlands and Islands and HM Prison Service who took part this year.
Officials met their Apprentices at the start of their day and were accompanied by the young people in a range of meetings and business activities in and around Inverness. The day concluded with an informal discussion reflecting on the day.
Donna Manson, Highland Council’s Chief Executive said: "It’s not easy choosing a career path at a young age which can set out your entire future. Recognising the challenge of making career choices that face our young people, I am delighted along with Senior Managers and Members to support Apprentice Day to help give the young apprentices an insight into the workings of Local Government. While we can share our experience, it’s also refreshing to receive feedback from the apprentices on how they view the Council. I wish all the apprentices taking part, a productive and enjoyable day."
Highland Youth Convener, Esme Leitch commented: "Apprentice Day is a real strength of the Youth Team at High Life Highland and I really enjoyed taking part this year. It is a unique opportunity for both the young people and the officials they are shadowing to learn from one another, and gain new insights. Deciding what you want to do after school can be really difficult for a lot of young people and involvement in Apprentice Day is one way to make those decisions more informed, especially for someone already considering a career in the Council. I hope our young people leave the day more excited about job prospects within Highland and the officials make the best use of their chance to consult with their apprentices about their work. It was a really beneficial day for both parties and a lot of fun for everyone involved."
Members have, at a special council meeting today, agreed a top priority for the Scottish Government New Schools Investment Programme bid. Members agreed that the proposed Tain 3-18 Campus project is nominated as The Highland Council's priority for consideration by the Scottish Government for inclusion in the initial phase of the New Schools Investment Programme with a delivery timescale by the end of 2021.
At this time of year many householders are thinking of their gardens, keeping them tidy or seeing to those jobs that need done before the weather turns. This is also the same time of year for criminals to take advantage of this and prey on the unsuspecting.
The Council has successfully distributed more than 20,000 Chromebook devices to all its schools to support learners to acquire key technology and life skills in facilitating a digitally enabled generation. Based on the ICT in Learning Strategic Action Plan 2015, The Highland Council started the Chromebook Project in November 2017 where every pupil in P6-S6 will be allocated a Chromebook for their use in school and at home for educational purposes and P1-P5 pupils will have access to Chromebooks at school on a 1:5 ratio.
Considerable effort has been focussed on returning young people to Highland. Since the Councils enhanced Placement Programme began in June 2018, 34 young people have returned to Highland or circumvented OOA (Out of Authority) avoiding costs of over £5M as compared with these young people remaining out of area for a year.
In excess of 22,000 customers were assisted by the Council's Welfare Support Team and Citizens Advice during 2018/19 for support with welfare, debt and housing issues. 3,372 customers were helped by the Welfare Support Team and 18,777 clients were assisted by Citizens Advice.
One hundred and seventeen (117) probationer teachers were recently welcomed to Highland at an Induction course held at Millburn Academy in Inverness. The probationer teachers' induction day is the first of a number of professional learning events throughout the year specifically arranged to support probationer teacher induction and their ongoing professional learning.
Measures to be put in place to cut down amount of construction and demolition waste collected at Household Waste Recycling Centres. The Highland Council will be putting measures in place to restrict the amount of construction and demolition waste bought to its network of 21 Household Waste Recycling Centres.
Highland Council today (15 August 2019) launched a consultation on a potential Highland Transient Visitor Levy. The Council has not yet made a decision on whether to implement a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL), also known as a Tourist Tax.
The Highland Council is warning the public of the presence of an algal bloom at Loch Watten, Caithness, following an examination of sample water on Monday (12/08/19). As a precautionary measure, environmental health have posted notices next to the water body, warning that contact with the algal scum or material should be avoided.
An officer in the Highland Council's Trading Standards team has won a UK award for her work on anti-counterfeiting and protecting consumers. Lynn Foster was presented with the Dave Hankinson Memorial Award for Individual Excellence by Phil Lewis, Director General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).
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