Developing the Young Workforce

As part of our combined S4/S5/S6 Senior Phase all pupils in years S5 and S6 undertake a Developing the Young Workforce option. These options are designed to provide pupils with a context for learning, often involving external employers and partners, and opportunities to develop essential skills for learning, life and work. We have been supported by the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and the Princes’ Trust in establishing these courses. Young people will gain a range of additional accreditation from these courses across SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6.


Call Me Greenwood

Our partnership with Voca will allow you to explore the skills and abilities required in a pressurised environment. Using our own industry-standard call centre technology you will be able develop phone techniques which demonstrate your confidence and ability to articulate and convey information in a succinct and persuasive manner. You will learn how to support callers, addressing their queries as well as manage complaints and deal successfully with difficult conversations. You will develop your independent working as well as work as part of a team.  Field visits to Voca will provide a valuable insight into the variety of career pathways which are on offer within such an organisation.


1st Alliance Greenwood Credit Union – Financial Education is a national priority and, in partnership with 1st Alliance, you will learn the skills behind fair banking through the management of our own Credit Union. This will involve the handling of confidential information and passing it to First Alliance, handling money, ensuring all banking slips are completed accurately and that money is banked following all financial regulations. You will have the opportunity to promote the use of the Credit Union with your peers and staff and to mentor pupils in the organisation of the day-to-day running of the bank which will be available for pupil use.


School Publicity Interested in a career in marketing … then this could be choice for you. An opportunity to promote Greenwood Academy in our community using a variety of media including our school website and twitter feed. Opportunities will also exist for pupils to be involved in events planning by helping to organise and promote the many in-house events during the school calendar. You will also be able to develop your skills in carrying out front-of-house duties at these events.


L2L2 In L2L2 you will learn to develop your cognitive and thinking skills, particularly remembering, identifying, understanding, applying, evaluating and creating. These are the key skills required to succeed in your school work in S5 and S6, at college and in your future career. We work in partnership with Library Services for this course.  SQA wider achievement qualifications are designed to recognise the skills needed to get ahead successfully in today’s world.  In L2L2 you will presented for an SQA Personal Development Award (Level 4/5/6) which aims to help you become an employable, contributing and independent member of society through the development of transferable skills.


Creative Industries This Level 5 Award will provide a qualification which reflects the knowledge and skills required for employment/further study in the wide range of sectors in the Creative Industries. It also develops an awareness of the opportunities and range of employment within the chosen sector of Printmaking.  The course consists of 4 units and enables candidate to develop a range of skills and attitudes needed to work in the Creative Industries.  You will develop links with employers and industry practitioners through visits to various workplaces, exhibitions and galleries and studios.


CSLA The Award in Community Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to lead groups of people in sport/ activity, under indirect supervision. The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and practical qualification with no entrance requirements or final examinations to sit.


Mandarin Interested in developing skills in another language … our Mandarin taster could be for you. You will work towards units from the Modern Languages for Life and Work Award to develop their language and employability skills, through studying Mandarin in a practical and relevant contexts for life and work.  This option will be delivered in partnership with our Chinese teachers as part of our Confucius Partnership.


Media TV


This is a great opportunity for budding journalists. You will work on your stories about the school and local community and bring them to the residents of Dreghorn and Irvine via the large plasma screen at the Bridgegate. This would give you practical experience of identifying “good news” stories and planning your interviews and “films”. An ability in presenting ideas in a memorable way and in completing projects quickly so that you can provide these to the staff of Town Centre TV in a timely manner will ensure that you experience the challenge of working in the world of media. Experience of media, photography and filming would be helpful but not essential.



Interested in recycling and waste management? If the environment is of interest to you and you would like to learn artistic or technical skills in a practical context, then this is for you!  In partnership with the Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company, you will have the opportunity to re-varnish, refurbish, decorate or re-upholster quality second-hand furniture which needs a new lease of life. As well as learning how to do this, you will see your work in the company’s showroom and hopefully be rewarded with a sale! There will also be an opportunity to develop front of house skills, helping in the showroom and developing your skills in customer services.


Peer Tutoring

(S6 only)

If you interested in working with young people, social care, education, etc then this is an ideal opportunity to work one-to-one or in small groups within the Pupil Support Base. You could be helping young people develop their skills and knowledge with particular subject areas or you may be assisting generally across a range of different topics.  In some cases pupils involved in peer tutoring have assisted young people in classroom settings in the wider school.


Active Schools

(S6 only)

Join our active schools team and work within our school and cluster primaries to provide sporting opportunities to pupils. This is an ideal way to develop your leadership and organisational skills within a sports environment.  This option provides an opportunity to work with children and young people that is fun and helps to develop their physical wellbeing.




(S6 only)

Do you have a particular talent that can help others?   By volunteering you will be supporting others within the school community.  Volunteering options are varied and are particular to individual pupils.  The number of hours spent by you volunteering will be logged and count towards your Saltire Award.




(S6 only)

Each year a team of pupils work together to produce the Greenwood Academy Yearbook. This is an ideal opportunity for pupils who are creative or are interested in a career in journalism or business.  There are opportunities to work with the school’s business partner and to liaise with commercial printing organisations.  Leadership skills will be developed as well as communication, using initiative and creativity.  You will achieve the Creative Industries award and be presented for the Young Enterprise exam run by Strathclyde University Business School.




(S6 only)

Calling all entrepreneurs … are you the next Anita Roddick or Richard Branson? If you are interested in starting your own business, wish to study business when you leave school or are just keen to be involved then this is for you.  Pupils will form their own company, work together to create a product/service, be involved in marketing/selling and working out the all-important profits.  You will develop leadership skills and have the opportunity to work with the school’s business partner and sit the Young Enterprise Scotland exam in conjunction with Strathclyde University Business School.


Baccalaureate Support


(S6 only)

This option is for pupils undertaking the Scottish Baccalaureate. Opportunities will exist within this option for pupils to work together to support each other through this qualification.



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