The official launch of four DYW/PT Innovative School projects took place at Stewarton Academy on Friday the 9th November.

This launch is a major milestone for the DYW/PT, since the number of projects now supported is fifty. 

The four projects are: "Wee Roasters", "Branching Out", "Stewarton Construction" and "Early Years Education".

These four projects have been funded by Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire & The Prince’s Trust Scotland Development Awards - through the Scottish Government Young People Initiative & Cash Back for Community programmes. The projects are also supported by a number of partners, as detailed below:

  • “Wee Roasters” is a fully equipped Community Café (Barista) located in a facility within the school, providing hospitality services as a project aimed at improving the pupils’ employability in the hospitality sector with customer service training also being provided by Ayrshire College.

  • “Stewarton Construction” will provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of hands on experience in site-based construction skills such as laying paving slabs and block paving. This project will be run in partnership with the Construction, Technology and Trades curriculum area at Ayrshire College.

  • “Branching Out” Rural Skills project will provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of horticulture, land management, animal handling, and rural employability skills. This project will be run in partnership with Ayrshire College and Dean Castle Country Park with participants on site weekly.

  • “Early Years Education” is an Early Education and Childcare with Outdoor Learning project which will be run in partnership with Ayrshire College and East Ayrshire Early Childhood Centres.

The pupils involved have developed their own branding with the support of Largs Printing Company, with the logos and signage clearly demonstrating their branding skills. The total funding for the four projects is around £20,000 and involves 50 pupils in the first year of the projects.