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Young people will have chance to explore future careers

By Kyle Ritchie

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Hundreds of pupils from across Aberdeenshire will get the chance to hear about careers and apprenticeships at a major skills event.

National skills agency, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is supporting the Skills Scotland shows taking place at the Aberdeen P& J Live at TECA on November 11 and 12.

Organised by Prospects Events, Skills Scotland brings pupils in their senior phase of school face-to- face with employers, training providers, colleges, universities and professional bodies.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney attended Skills Scotland last year, which will be holding an event in Aberdeen next month.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney attended Skills Scotland last year, which will be holding an event in Aberdeen next month.

Free to attend, events will also be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh to help young people understand all the pathways available to them, whether that’s further or higher education or just straight into the world of work through routes like apprenticeships.

There will also be early-evening sessions for parents, carers and teachers, to find out more about the opportunities available to young people.

A team of SDS staff will be on-hand to provide information and support about career pathways to help pupils plan their future.

There will also be the chance to discover the benefits of taking Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, investigate entry requirements and look at live vacancies on apprenticeships.scot.

Pupils, teachers and parents will be able to visit the Ask an Apprentice area to find out first-hand about what it is like to be an apprentice.

My World of Work Live! will be at the SDS stand demonstrating its virtual reality kit, which immerses the user in a real work environment.

SDS director of career information and guidance operations James Russell said: “Skills Development Scotland provides the national careers service in schools and from a network of high street SDS centres across the country.

“We help people to make the choices that are right for them.

“These events are a great chance for young people and their parents or carers to hear about careers and apprenticeships options.

“With Foundation Apprenticeships available at school, for example, there’s never been more work-based learning options for young people.”

The Aberdeen event will be held on Monday, November 11 from 5pm-7pm and the next day from 9.30am – 3pm.

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