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Careers connections

Providing primary age children with an awareness of the world of work lays the foundations for the career-related activities that our coordinators facilitate with secondary schools.

The information on this page will help you get started. It includes:

  • Documents to help you plan and deliver activities with employers
  • Links to key resources from Skills Development Scotland
  • Information on regional partner programmes
  • Downloadable materials from a variety of employers.


School and business partnerships

The documents in this section are designed to support your school and business partnership activities. These include a guide to help you get started and a certificate template if you've already formed a school-business partnership and want to celebrate your joint work.

Stork

"Towards the end of 2023, we undertook a new partnership with Bramble Brae Primary school in Aberdeen. As we progress into 2024, we will be looking to further cement this relationship and support Bramble Brae through a variety of different initiatives, whilst also helping to promote STEM activities with the youngsters."

Does your school need help to find a business partner?

Key Resources

Marketplace and My World of Work (MyWOW) are two key resources from Skills Development Scotland that can help educators tap into activities to develop careers awareness and skills.

Marketplace

Marketplace

Marketplace is an online portal which features opportunities from employers, including class talks and workplace visits. There are employer resources that you can use in class too. The Marketplace homepage also provides access to Founders4Schools where you can invite a role model to come into your school free of charge.
My World of Work

My World of Work

My World of Work includes a set of tools and resources to help primary teachers and their pupils. The tools are suitable for pupils in primary five to primary seven.. A set of teaching activities have also been developed to help you explore even more aspects of work with your pupils.

Partner Programmes

The organisations below run programmes that can support skills development in primary school pupils.

TechFest

TechFest

TechFest provides a range of STEM-related programmes and activities for early years and primary school-aged children.
Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT)

Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT)

AFCCT uses the power of football and the passion for Aberdeen FC to encourage pupil engagement in the classroom.

Resources for P1-P7

The materials below are designed for use by different year groups.

Social Enterprise Academy

Social Enterprise Academy

Social Enterprise Academy gives young people a real-life experience of running their own social enterprise in school.
The Rowett Institute

The Rowett Institute

Includes resources on nutrition, health, food and food sustainability.
Energising Futures

Energising Futures

A free STEM hub with high-quality resources aimed to bring science to life for young people by connecting curriculum learning to real-world experiences across a variety of topics.
Get Set for Positive Energy

Get Set for Positive Energy

Explore key curriculum themes around sustainability, renewable energy and health and wellbeing.
Steps into Science

Steps into Science

Inspiration, support and resources from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Teachers can also register for a free Teach Chemistry Account.
Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

The Learning Lab offers a range of different eight-week STEM learning programmes.
Scottish Water Generation H2O

Scottish Water Generation H2O

Resources to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become responsible water citizens.
STEM Ambassadors

STEM Ambassadors

Find out how to request a STEM Ambassador to visit your class.
Primary Engineer

Primary Engineer

A range of ways for schools to engage with engineering.
Scotland's Financial Schools

Scotland's Financial Schools

Tools and resources to help teachers confidently embed financial education into their practice.
Feeding Minds

Feeding Minds

Activities from Food Standards Scotland to deliver food safety and healthy eating messages.
Different Job Types

Different Job Types

A collection of short films from BBC Teach looking at the jobs and careers people have today

Resources for P4/5-P7

The activities below are more suited to children in the latter stages of primary school.

SCILT: Make languages work for you

SCILT: Make languages work for you

Ideas from Scotland's National Centre for Languages.
Young Enterprise Scotland

Young Enterprise Scotland

Discover the power of branding.
BEAR Cub Engineers

BEAR Cub Engineers

Lessons on the different skills and roles required to manage and maintain our roads and bridges.
Go Construct

Go Construct

Activities and lesson plans to help develop knowledge around construction and the built environment
Climate Change Resources

Climate Change Resources

WWF materials to help pupils explore the issues of climate change in an engaging and motivating way.

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