Announcement : 2022-23 Employability Network Scholarship Success
Perth and Kinross Employability Network worked in collaboration with Perth College UHI to support 2 students to undertake a scholarship in computing, to maintain and develop our website. An extensive amount of work goes on behind the scenes in keeping the site and its search facilities operating smoothly on desktop pc’s and laptops, but more often now on mobile devices such as phones and iPads. News articles or details of upcoming events submitted by network members often need posted quickly.
The scholarship gave the students the opportunity to work on a "live" website and learn skills with the support of the Computing Subject Leader Ian Turnbull. Ian commented "The scholarship gives senior phase undergraduate students an opportunity to directly work with industry stakeholders in full stack development and server administration."
Callum Crichton, one of the scholarship recipients said, "I would like to express my uppermost gratitude for the opportunity for the Perth & Kinross Employability Network scholarship which has contributed to my educational and personal development.
I have now completed the 2022 – 2023 academic year, and this scholarship experience has been valuable, in terms of networking, further developing my skillset, gaining vital experience, and contributing to me completing the work placement module. It has allowed me to reflect on my strengths and weaknesses to decide which steps to take in the future to improve."
Harris Moffat, who won the other scholarship said, "I have gained valuable experience such as working as part of a team to complete a project in a real-world work environment, working with deadlines to have the project completed on time too.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on the Employability Network website as part of my work placement."
Jackie Scrimgeour Co-ordinator of Perth and Kinross Employability Network thanked the students saying, "I wish to pass on my gratitude to the students on applying their expertise and for their hard work throughout the year in maintaining and developing the Network’s website which is an important link to individuals with barriers looking to get into work as well as employers in Perth and Kinross. The Network is proud to have offered the scholarship to Callum and Harris which allowed the students the opportunity to achieve elements of their modules in relation to working within the IT industry. The scholarship is jointly funded by Perth College UHI, Perth and Kinross Council, Department of Work and Pensions and NHS Tayside and discussions are underway with a view to renewing the scholarship for the year ahead."