BUSINESS leaders from across the Borders are heading back to school over the coming weeks as part of the Business into Education initiative, organised by DYW Borders.

The innovative programme offers representatives from various companies, including the Peebles Hydro Hotel, Scottish Public Pensions Agency, Hawick Flood Prevention, Mainetti, and Spark Energy the opportunity to take part in a range of timetabled activities.

The packed schedule includes tours of the school with My World of Work Ambassadors, participation in timetabling discussions to identify work experience partnership opportunities, as well as business studies and home economics class visits.

Sandra Milne and Colin Grieve Food from Peebles Hydro have already taken part in on eof the events at Peebles High.

Sandra told us: “We have had a great day spending time with pupils and staff from Peebles High School, learning what life skills are required for future careers.

"We are really looking forward to building a strong partnership between the school and Peebles Hydro."

During their time at school, business leaders learn about the issues faced by pupils as they make the transition into the world of work, and challenges faced by education in keeping up with an ever-changing curriculum.

It is hoped the employers take this learning back to the workplace and use it to inform recruitment and retention plans for the future workforce.

Paul Fagan, head teacher at Peebles High School said: “It was a great start to the week planning with our partners at Peebles Hydro on improving the way we can support our young people into fulfilling and sustained positive destinations and its always great to work with the Hydro, such positive and creative people who really share our vision of getting it right for the young people of Tweeddale.”

The Developing the Young Workforce Borders team, based in Selkirk, ensure that placements are relevant to the employment opportunities within each school’s catchment area.

Speaking about this latest initiative, Manager Sara Ward said: “The initiative demonstrates a clear commitment from our partners to bridge the gap between industry and education.

"For Borders businesses, not only does it raise the profile of those committed to developing the young workforce, but it also helps our young people identify the pathways available after school, and employment opportunities."