14 October 2019

Careers event success at Fraserburgh Academy

More than one thousand pupils attended a recent careers event at Fraserburgh Academy.

The event on 19 September was organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) in partnership with the school.

SDS delivers Scotland’s career services, with professionally-qualified careers advisers working from its careers centres, community premises and in every state secondary school across Scotland.

Parents, carers and the wider community were also invited to the event which had more than 40 exhibitors.

Employers from a wide range of industries attended including Aberdeenshire Council, Fraserburgh Heritage Centre, NATS (Air Traffic Services), Police Scotland, Baxter Design, Clyde Marine Training, Moray East Offshore Windfarms, Subsea 7, Johnston Carmichael, the NHS, Score, Penumbra and many more.

Further and Higher Education was also represented with teams from Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University, SRUC: Scotland’s Rural College and North East Scotland College also exhibiting on the day.

The event gave pupils, staff, parents, carers and the wider community the chance to speak to industry experts, explore a wide range of career options and find out more about local opportunities.

Elizabeth Bruce, SDS Careers Adviser for Fraserburgh Academy, said: “Pupils from S2 to S6 attended the careers fair throughout the day, with the event open to the public in the evening.

“It was a chance to find out more about the wide range of careers on offer to them in the local area, and what skills and qualifications they may need to get started.

“It’s also opened up new partnerships between the school and local businesses, as well as providing a chance for the wider community to come into the school and find out more about opportunities in the area.”

Lisa Innes, Developing the Young Workforce co-ordinator for Fraserburgh, said: “The best way for young people to learn about careers and the world of work is directly from employers themselves, and this event is a great example of the work of DYW, SDS and schools are undertaking in this area.

“I’m grateful to all the employers who took the time to come along and talk to pupils, parents, carers and members of the public, it’s been worthwhile for all involved.”

Irene Sharp, Rector of Fraserburgh Academy, said: “All the pupils who attended the event had the opportunity to explore a range of career options, in a structured and positive setting.

“It’s so important for young people to hear directly from employers about the skills they’re looking for, the opportunities in this area and also what an industry will look like by the time our young people are coming out of school.

“The event has also helped us to form lasting relationships with employers who attended the event, and talk to them about the good work going on in the school, raising our visibility in the community.”

Sonia Davies from NATS (Aberdeen) who exhibited at the event, said: “The enthusiasm and engagement at Fraserburgh Academy was outstanding.

“We are already looking at when we can return to the school to work with pupils again.”
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