To Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) we have established a Partnership Base to work with all young people of St Andrew’s Secondary throughout their learner journey, supporting them to have the skills, knowledge and understanding to enter a positive, sustainable destination.

The base has an open and welcoming environment which enables all young people to access the assistance they require at a time which does not impact on their studies. The base also provides emergency care packages for families in need.

Partnership Base Staff

Lisa Murphy is our Partnership Development Officer, who oversees the Partnership Base. Her role is to ensure appropriate partners are in place to meet our goals and also to ensure the Work Readiness Pipeline is open and available to all young people.

Elizabeth McKechnie is our DYW coordinator, who supports young by providing work and industry opportunites to inspire them into making a positive sustained transition beyond school.

Other staff include:  Lorna Craig and Ian McClymont (MCR Pathways) and Darren Nicholson (FARE Youth Worker)


Below are some examples of our Partners who St Andrew’s work very closely with to enable our young people to gain the life skills, work knowledge and understanding to enter a positive, sustainable destination on leaving school.

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We have an excellent partnership with Skills Development Scotland and we have a number of onsite Careers Advisers who offer career management skills to our young people.

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We have an onsite Campus Police Office, PC Lee Campbell.  He has had 14 years policing service, based in the East End of Glasgow throughout his career. 

Policing within school aims to break down barriers which might be in place and puts a “face” to policing for young people with an open door environment accessable throughout the school day.

Aims to build positive relationships with the young people and be a positive role model offering such things as work experience or advice for any young person looking for a career in the police force.

Working with the young people through different projects such as the “Pitchin In“ project. Which is a project which encourages young people to make better life choices through a 8 week program based on football

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Through DYW Glasgow we have been allocated Scottish Water as our ‘Partner in Business.’ Scottish Water are a major support within St Andrew’s young people, offering work experience, gain an understanding visit to their laboratories as well as working with us to ensure our female young people understand the opportunities STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) offers.

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Encouraging Females in the world of STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and working with young females to bolstering the development of future female leaders. This year a number of our S4 females who are on the 2-year Higher Pathway took apart and came first in the SmartStem Competition. As their prize we will be heading to IBM headquarters in Hursley.

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Another growth area we are currently promoting throughout the school is Hospitality. We have a fantastic opportunity for our young people which has been funded by Clyde gateway This has allowed our young people to gain experience at The Glasgow Marriot Hotel, taking part in the Certificate of Work Readiness Programme. Our young people gain invaluable work experience by working at Glasgow Marriott hotel choosing such departments as front of house, housekeeping and banqueting. The young people also undertake employability units in school with a member of the partnership team.

We have included below a small section of some of our Partners however please feel free to contact Michelle Kershaw, Partnership Development Officer, if you would like to discuss in more depth.
Skills Development Scotland: Career Coaches are available in school Monday to Friday (Wednesday pm) and are based in the School Library. They use an appointment system and have drop in facilities during break and lunch time to help you develop confident Career Management Skills. Gaining Career Management Skills is all about learning and Skills Development Scotland Career Coaches will help you by providing information, advice, guidance and the tools to acquire new skills

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We have an excellent Mentoring Programme for a selection of S4 young people who are on the Core Pathway, assisting them with career choices, CV building, interview skills. Opportunity to complete work experience. British Gas also attends events throughout the school year with the partnership base to discuss the world of work and opportunities with 3rd to 6th year young people.

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A large team from Barclays Bank Life Skills team join us twice a year to run employability workshops for S3 to S6 young people.

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MCR Pathways is a partnership between Glasgow City Council and MCR Foundation with support from the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS (Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland).

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Working with our young people in Senior Phase, in order to develop their capacity and skills for employment and with younger pupils in support of their creative learning. Their educational focus is on the provision of facilitated learning in schools and other learning groups developing themes of global citizenship, intra and entrepreneurship and improving general employability for those seeking vocational employment.

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Working with a number of our S3 young people assisting them to gain the Employability skills required to enable them to have the ability to sustain an appropriate destination on leaving school. The programme combines the skills, such as teamwork, resilience and enterprise with the development of a Magazine Project. There is an element of physical fitness, first aid and employability training delivered in a fun and exciting way.

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Provide a range of workshops in school to S4 Employability Pathway young people which include drug and alcohol awareness, understanding emotions, sectarianism and gambling awareness, all of these are used to complete challenges required for the bronze youth achievement award. Young people also attend 3 half day workshops which focus on various subjects including spray art, anti-bullying games, media and introduction to enterprise.

Fuse also assists the Partnership base with employability drop-in sessions at various times throughout the year.

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St Andrew’s Secondary have very strong links with all three of the colleges in Glasgow which are Glasgow Kelvin college, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Clyde College. A number of our Senior Phase young people on the Employability Pathway attend 2 afternoons per week and undertake a wide range of courses that cover many industries. These also provide SQA qualifications. We also have a number of young people undertaking a foundation apprenticeship, giving them the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and a National Certificate qualification.

We have young people who are undertaking a Pre-Apprenticeship in Construction which will guarantee our successful young an interview with City Building.



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To assist our young people, S1-S3, in gaining experience of Vocational Training we have a number of City of Glasgow College lecturers in school delivering vocational tasters in a variety of vocational courses, including Construction, Hairdressing, Art and Digital Media.

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St Andrews Youth in Training programme, is for S4 young people on an alternative curriculum. Young people attend various Glasgow Colleges 3 days a week to undertake vocational training including a choice of automotive, construction, hospitality and hairdressing. One day in school which comprises of both Maths and English, a session with Skills Development Scotland and completion of the PX2 programme. Also input from Barclays life skills and other agencies. One half day working with the bike academy.

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16 Element Programme
Softer skills such as cooking, independent travel, independent living Duke of Edinburgh

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All S3 pupils receive an interview with someone from the business world.

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Bespoke programme for young people not sitting SQA qualifications. Young people given opportunity to gain work experience, industry accreditation such as CSCS and awards such as Saltire Awards.


Contact Us

Phone 01415820245
Twitter @partnershipbase