Event helps pupils get ready for work

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There was a superb turnout of employers and parents for the Let’s Get Work Ready event held on Tuesday, February 9.

The Meldrum Academy event looked at the variety of routes open to young people considering their future.

Fisher Offshore’s storyboard, and input from employees Lee Thornton and Jamie Watson, illustrated the parity that is developing now between vocational and academic routes and that a blend of both was desirable.

Stephanie Cowie, a former pupil and a recently graduated Modern Apprentice in Business with ACE Winches, reassured parents that opting to choose the apprenticeship route had offered her a wealth of experience and the possibility of pursuing a degree at university while being paid.

Current senior pupils spoke about the benefits in skills development of the new national qualifications and how these contributed to preparing them for the world of work.

Employers, parents and pupils took part in discussions identifying priorities for preparing young people for the workplace, and contributing to the decision-making process when option choices are being made by pupils.

Working with local partners including NESCOL at both Fraserburgh and Aberdeen was emphasised by Headteacher Andrew Travis.