As part of the initiative representatives from Walkers Shortbread have mentored the Speyside High School students throughout their YPI journey. Furthermore, Walkers Shortbread are providing the £3000 grant that will be awarded at the YPI School Final on Tuesday 28th March. Amongst the impressive panel of judges, Jim Walker, Managing Director Walkers Shortbread, will critique the finalist presentations before awarding the grant to the winning team.
Reflecting upon the introduction and development of YPI at Speyside High School, Patricia Goodbrand, Head Teacher at Speyside High School, commented:
“As a school we strive to create a caring, inclusive and happy learning community and the whole ethos behind the YPI Programme helps to enhance this vision. YPI encourages our young people to care about their community through identifying a social issue that is important to them; it builds partnerships between people and organisations in the wider community as students explore and visit charities; and it helps to promote inclusion as our young people come to understand what is happening on their own doorstep and what it is they can do to help some of the most vulnerable groups within the local community.”
The programme also has a significant role to play with respect to nurturing critical employability and enterprise skills through a ‘real world’ experience. Talking about the business involvement in the YPI programme so far, Diane McGregor, HR Officer for Walkers Shortbread and YPI mentor, added:
“The first mentor session was, in my opinion, a great success in kick starting the YPI programme at Speyside High. As someone who has little experience of interacting with students, I was apprehensive going into the first session, however the amazing input and interaction given by the pupils quickly over turned those feelings. I personally felt in awe at the vast amount of knowledge the pupils had regarding the whole concept of social issues. I cannot wait to see the journey these pupils take in developing, not only their social awareness and knowledge, but also the imperative employability skills the programme is encouraging. I also can’t wait to see how competitive the teams become and their presentations in the run up to the final. “