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Supporting STEM careers through pupil placement


Geospatial data underpins almost everything we do, from satellites to smartphones. With a recognised skills deficiency in this sector, the Improvement Service recently hosted a week-long pupil placement in geospatial data analysis.


David, a S4 pupil from St Margaret’s Academy in Livingston, spent a week working with the Spatial Hub team. After receiving guided instruction in the use of ESRI’s ArcGIS Online software, he quickly learned the required skills, using these to review a map of vacant and derelict land sites across Scotland.  "I was very proud when I finished the mapping ... this has been a great experience," he said.


At the end of the week, an ArcGIS Online training session for pupils and geography teachers in West Lothian was hosted by Deans Community High School, supported by experts from ESRI UK’s Edinburgh office.


A second placement will be held in November 2018. Students with an interest in this area will go on to work in many STEM careers, including geography, research, environmental science, engineering, programming and data science. Collaboration between the private, public, professional and educational sectors is required to unlock these potential opportunities.


The placement and training was a collaboration between the Improvement Service, Developing the Young Workforce West Lothian, ESRI UK, Deans Community High School and West Lothian Council.


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