Developing Young Workforce Employability Skills

This page contains snapshots of different faculties within St David's using Midlothian's Top 10 Employability skills.

Health and Wellbeing

Physical Education

School of Football

The S1 School of Football class have been working hard on their employability skills showing motivation, team work and respect on the pitch and  honesty in thier personal evaluations. They even have a kit manager every week to try playing and non playing roles and responsibilities involved within the Sport.

Sport and Recreation

The Sport and Recreation class have had work experience with Saltersgate students working 1-1 in the pool and in the classroom. They have also been working hard on their CV’s working with Careers Advisor, Nicola Croft as well as Obtaining their Disability Inclusion Training and completing mock interviews. They continue to support in Junior classes acting as personal trainers in fitness and swim coaches.


The S1’S have utilised their Employability skills in Gymnastics last block showing excellent team work, communication and respect for others- Well Done!


The Campus Dance class have been showing their innovation, creativity and leadership within their own Choreographies leading teams of Dancers to create their motifs. They have also shown respect and honesty to supply feedback and act as Judges for the rest of their classmates in the run up to their final examinations.

Art and Design

Pop Art Packaging

S2 pupils have been working through a design brief to design packaging for a chocolate bar or drink in the ‘pop art’ style.  These skills of working to a client’s brief with target markets, deadlines and design constraints reflect the skills required to work in the design industry.


S4 Gallery Visit

S4 pupils visited the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to learn about artists’ processes and to see the end results of studio practice in a gallery environment.


Music Technology

This year we have introduced Music Technology into the S3 curriculum and also at N5 level.  This course encourages pupils to learn and acquire new specialist skills as well as developing skills in organisation and time management.  Pupils have already completed a number of engaging tasks that are similar to those they would find in a work placement in a studio such as creating a soundtrack for a film clip and recording an audiobook for our feeder primary schools.


BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Visit

We are looking forward to a visit from members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra before the Easter holidays.   They are coming to work with the Rhythm and Blues Band for a day as part of their Ten Pieces Coaching Scheme.  This is a fabulous opportunity for our young musicians to interact with and learn from top professional musicians and will allow them to build on their team work and self motivation skills.


Communication and Customer Services

Two of the key skills in English are listening and talking. Through the discussion of literature and current affairs topics, students learn to communicate effectively with one another by sharing ideas, listening to others' ideas and responding. Through such discussions students learn how to deal with disagreement and opposing viewpoints.


Cooperative tasks are the backbone of English lessons. Through participation in units of work, such as ‘Let the Games Begin’ and ‘Design an Amusement Park’, students work together to reach a desired outcome while developing their skills in reading, writing, listening and talking.


In the St David’s English department, literacy is developed through Primary Transition, Monthly literacy focus points, and continued development of skills in reading, writing, listening and talking. By the end of S4, students will have the opportunity to sit a discrete qualification in literacy to demonstrate the skills they have gained.  


MFL Business Brunch at Dynamic Earth

 10 S3 French pupils attended the SCILT Business Brunch on Tuesday 30th January 2018 at Dynamic Earth. There were over 40 businesses represented who were demonstrating how they use languages in their everyday work and talked to them about how knowledge of a foreign language is extremely valuable in the world of work. They visited all the business stands and asked questions to find out how they could use their language skills in each line of work. They attended business presentations and had the opportunity to network with other students from Scottish schools and potential employers. The S3 found this opportunity invaluable and left feeling much more confident about knowing which direction they want to take in their future careers and also about making the correct choices for the N5 exams and senior school.
S1 Geographers developed their team-working skills by researching information about how different desert animals have adapted to the desert climate and sharing their information with each other.

ASD Base

Nathan and Ben working with Artlink to gain valuable skills for work and life.