Published: 05/02/2019 12:00 - Updated: 05/02/2019 14:39

Recognition for hard working school pupils

Written byAngela Spence

Moray & Banffshire Heroes
DYW Moray programme manager Sarah Baxter. Pic: Helen Crowley

A LOCAL careers group wants the Moray & Banffshire Heroes awards to provide a champion for young people across the region.

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Moray in Elgin is sponsoring the primary pupil of the year category and is urging readers to put forward a child in their area that is making a real difference to others.

The Elgin-based organisation forms part of the Scottish Government's youth employment strategy, ensuring young people have the skills and confidence to make the transition between school and the workplace.

Working with schools, partner agencies, employers, parents and young people, DYW Moray aims to bridge the gap between learning and working and allow each respective group to engage with one another, fostering a culture of collaboration and opportunity.

Sarah Baxter, programme manager for DYW Moray, said: "DYW Moray is delighted to be sponsoring primary school pupil of the year in the first ever Moray & Banffshire Heroes awards.

"We work with school pupils across the region and are lucky enough to hear some very inspiring stories.

"We encourage you to get your nominations in for who you think should be crowned primary school pupil of the year."

The primary school pupil of the year category is for those who have achieved something beyond expectations in education, sport or helping others at school.

There is also a secondary pupil of the year category at the Moray & Banffshire Heroes awards, sponsored by Moray College UHI.

This accolade is for teenagers who are still at school and have proved exceptional academically or in their extra curricular activities.

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Jackie Andrews, head of academic partnerships at Moray College UHI.

Jackie Andrews, head of academic partnerships at Moray College UHI, said: "We work closely with schools and partners across Moray through the Senior Phase programme and the Developing the Young Workforce initiative. Through our Senior Phase programme we offer a wide range of subjects ranging from SCQF 4-7.

"We also offer seven subject options under the new Foundation Apprenticeships programme for all S5 and S6 pupils.

"Our close partnership working with the schools and our partners including employers ensures that every secondary pupil is given the opportunity to widen their subject options and in the case of Foundation Apprenticeships undertake valuable work experience with an employer which equips them for the world of work.

"For this reason we were delighted to be able to sponsor the secondary pupil category in the Moray & Banffshire Heroes awards and would like to wish all nominees the best of luck."

MKM Building Supplies is proud to be the official sponsor for the community champion of the year category at the Moray & Banffshire Heroes awards.

The independent builders' merchant, which has stores across the UK, opened a new branch in The Wards, Elgin, on January 24.

* Businesses interested in the remaining sponsorship opportunities are invited to contact Emma Glass on

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