National Express Dundee is helping to give a taste of working life to local school pupils. In partnership with Enable Scotland and Dundee City Council, the bus operator is offering young people with additional support needs the chance to sample a career as a vehicle engineer.
The first student of the Stepping Up programme, John Davidson from St Johns High School, is currently mid-way through his six-week stint with National Express Dundee. The 16 year old is getting the chance to observe mechanics as they maintain and repair company vehicles, and has the opportunity to chat to the engineering team about their paths into work and their own experiences of the job.
Vicky Fowler, Transitions Co-ordinator from Enable Scotland said: "The aim of this programme is to introduce pupils with additional support needs to the world of work, and it's great to have companies like National Express Dundee on board to help us achieve this. It's a good opportunity for John, who's very keen to get into the transport industry as his dad is a bus driver. In fact, he's enjoying it so much, he even came in to do his work experience session during the holidays at half-term!"
Frank Sheach, Engineering Manager at National Express Dundee said: "We're delighted to give young people the chance to see what it's like to work in the transport industry. We have an excellent, highly-skilled engineering team here at National Express Dundee and we also regularly train school-leavers through our Apprenticeship programme. I hope we can help inspire interested pupils such as John to follow a career which they find rewarding and fulfilling, and we're looking forward to welcoming more students through the Stepping Up programme."
Photograph shows: National Express Dundee Engineering Supervisor Raymond Shanks chatting with 4th year St Johns High School pupil John Davidson.
Published 10th March 2014