GCU helps pupils get ready for work

3 June 2014
GCU's Professor John Wilson and student Lauren McGinty at the ceremony

Thirty secondary school pupils from Glasgow have taken part in the first Glasgow School for Business and Society (GSBS) Work Ready Action Programme (WRAP). The initiative marks the start of a new three-year strategic partnership with Castlemilk High School and St Margaret Mary’s Secondary School.

The seven-day WRAP programme was designed to boost the S4 pupils’ confidence by helping them to develop skills in fact finding, creative thinking, working with others, and using multimedia, through a series of self-awareness workshops, team assignments, and visits to companies that included Sainsbury’s and the citizenM Hotel.

For 16-year-old Daniel Wilson, from Castlemilk High, the programme has encouraged him to think about his future. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the WRAP programme. I’ve always wanted to join the Army and the programme has helped me to think about what I need to do to get there.”

A ceremony on Friday, May 30 marked the end of the programme. The pupils’ teachers, guardians and parents attended the event in the George Moore building at GCU.

The WRAP programme was delivered as part of GSBS’s partnership with Scottish Business in the Community (SBiC) and its Business Class programme (see http://www.bitc.org.uk/programmes/business-class), which provides a framework for businesses and other organisations to support young people by forming long-term partnerships with the schools they attend.

Dr Alec Wersun, GSBS Senior Lecturer and GCU Community and Public Engagement Fellow, leads on the University’s engagement with SBiC.
He said: “In line with the University’s guiding principle, For the Common Good, and the spirit of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), to which we are a signatory, WRAP is an example of how GSBS is using its wealth of skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to the communities we serve.”

“Our Work Ready Action Programme is the first of several projects to be delivered under the umbrella of BITC’s Business Class programme. Over the next three years, we will work closely with senior management, teachers and pupils from the two partner schools to make sure these projects have a real and lasting impact.”

For more information contact Dr. Alec Wersun, a.wersun@gcu.ac.uk