Portree High School Pupils Visit the Local Coast Guard!

S3 and S4 Portree High School students were left in awe after a visit to the Portree Coast Guard Operations Centre where Senior Costal Operations Officer, Dave Phillips described his daily duties and supplied pupils with information about what is required to join the coast guard team.

An Exciting Visit

During their exciting and interactive visit to the centre, pupils were given a detailed presentation which outlined and explained the centre’s maritime operations and were guided through the procedure of what should happen in the operations room when a distress call is received. Staff asked pupils to think of what emergency services might be called in the case of an accident, what questions should be asked and what actions should be taken when someone’s life is at risk.

This was followed by a question and answer session regarding the main rescue vehicle and its equipment in order to get pupils to apply the knowledge they had learned during their visit. Activities such as this are stimulating and encourage pupils to realise the importance of the work that is carried out by such organisations as the Portree Coast Guard.

Working for the Coast Guard

After the work of the coast guard had been explained to pupils, staff members gave pupils information about what qualifications and experience are required for anyone that would like to join the team after education. Volunteering opportunities were also mentioned as this looks good on pupil’s CVs and gives them experience of a workplace environment whilst still in education. Experiences such as these can be used to help students grow in confidence and sell themselves better in future job or higher education applications.

The incredibly helpful team also went a step further and informed students about what they might come up against in a job selection process as pupils were also issued with a maths test example to try!

A massive thanks to the coast guard team for taking the time to interact with our students!

For more information regarding how to get involved with DYW West Highland, contact the team on: info@dywwesthighland.org / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter or call in and see us in the office at 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH