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East end school inspires Icelandic visitors

Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow (DYWG) were delighted to invite business partner CCG to their local partner school, Cardinal Winning Secondary School, to meet a group Icelandic visitors.

Education Scotland welcomed to Scotland on Thursday 3 March 2016.

As part of their Erasmus+ project on employability for those young people at risk of disengaging from the labour market, the group of six teaching staff were keen to find out more about Glasgow’s education system and particularly keen to meet young people and teachers from an additional support needs school.

Cardinal Winning School has recently entered into a three year strategic partnership with CCG though the work with DYWG, in partnership with Glasgow City Council’s education team. 

The school warmly welcomed their international visitors with an east end tradition – a roll and square sausage!


“Everything we have seen today is something we dream about for Iceland. It’s all been amazing and we are very grateful for the warm welcome and great hospitality we received from all the people we have met today”
Olga Sveinbjörnsdóttir, Educational and Vocational Counselling, Iceland


They had a busy morning accompanying the young people around the schools different vocational departments. The morning was themed around the current S4 pupils showcasing the vocational options to the younger S3 pupils to help them make a more informed decision about subject choice in S4.   The visitors spent time in all the departments including hairdressing, construction, hospitality, digital media and car valeting.

This was followed by lunch, prepared by the young people on the hospitality course, and the group then heard from Natalie from CCG who spoke about the reasons their business had entered into a partnership with Cardinal Winning. 


“CCG are delighted to be a part of this partnership and it’s hugely rewarding to see the positive effect it has had on all the students involved”
Natalie Shepard, Community Benefit Coordinator, CCG


The morning was rounded off with the young people from the schools choir singing “I Watch the Sunrise” as they recognised that Iceland only gets five hours of daylight during the winter months. 


“Our visitors took part in employability carousels with our young people introducing them to new skills in hospitality, construction, car valeting, digital media and hairdressing, Our younger pupils were given an insight from our visitors about life in Iceland, Everyone was made to feel ‘velkomin’”
Gerry McDonald, Head Teacher, Cardinal Winning Secondary School