A taste of post-school opportunities for Alness and Invergordon pupils!

Wednesday, 13th April 2022

Our DYWICH school coordinator, Kirsty Hunter, recently organised careers fairs at Invergordon and Alness Academies, offering senior pupils the opportunity to meet with around 20 employers, voluntary organisations and further education institutions to learn about career opportunities and training available to them.

Pupils were able to mingle with employers to find out more about a wide range of industries, from engineering to nursing, emergency services and recruitment. In addition to this, they spoke to voluntary organisations about placements, and educators about the college and university opportunities available to them.

The schools also ran dedicated quiet sessions throughout the events, allowing pupils with additional support needs to fully benefit from the experience.

Businesses in attendance included Barnardos, NHS Highland and Lantra, who have signed the Young Person’s Guarantee, along with Inverness College, North Highland College, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Enable, Nigg Skills Academy, Ross-shire Engineering, Skibo, Serimax, Highland Council, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, British Army, University of the Highlands & Islands, Kincraig Castle Hotel, Lifescan and Be Personnel.

The event was a huge success with Kirsty Hunter saying, “It was fantastic to see so many employers come together to engage with and support young people as they consider their post-school lives.” And pupils stating “It was really great. I learned so much about what I can do when I leave school,” and, “I didn't realise there are so many options for when I leave school.”

Additionally, Fiona Scott from Kincraig Castle Hotel said: “It was a great opportunity to talk to so many young people about their future hopes and dreams, we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Learn more about how DYWICH can facilitate collaborations between schools and local businesses.