Spot­light on fu­ture ca­reers

Ap­pren­tice­ship week

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Pupils learned about the many dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able within dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies

Pupils at St Mar­garet’s High ex­plored their fu­ture ca­reer op­tions dur­ing a se­ries of spe­cial events to mark ap­pren­tice­ship week.

The Air­drie school held a ca­reers fayre, with a wide va­ri­ety of em­ploy­ers join­ing them to talk about the range of work op­tions avail­able in their re­spec­tive in­dus­tries.

Among the par­tic­i­pants were Air­drie-based firm Bell Decorating Group, who ran an in­ter­ac­tive stall; for­mer pupil Gary Shaw, who passed on ad­vice from his stud­ies of aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing; and joiner Mark Kerr, who helped pupils try out the skills of hang­ing doors, drilling holes and us­ing tools.

Join­ing them in run­ning in­ter­ac­tive stalls were ap­pren­tices and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from con­struc­tion com­pany Tay­lor Wim­pey, Euro­cen­tral firm Bosch au­to­mo­tive train­ing, Skills Devel­op­ment Scot­land, cre­ative in­dus­tries spe­cial­ists SAE in­sti­tute – who brought a se­lec­tion of cam­eras, drones and tech­ni­cal equip­ment – and Voda­fone, who last year kit­ted out the St Mar­garet’s ca­reers room.

Pupils were also able to prac­tice in­ter­view skills and find out about em­ploy­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions and work­place codes such as health and safety and the re­quire­ments for uni­forms and pro­tec­tive equip­ment; and also found out about vol­un­teer­ing from Air­drie char­ity Hope for Autism dur­ing the course of the week.

Luisa Lawlor, the school’s prin­ci­pal teacher for De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force, said: “Ev­ery pupil from all year groups took part and spoke to the em­ploy­ers about their in­dus­tries, and all felt it was very worth­while.

“It height­ened aware­ness of ap­pren­tice­ships and of all the dif­fer­ent roles and op­por­tu­ni­ties within firms they wouldn’t have thought of, such as con­struc­tion firms em­ploy­ing peo­ple like their own lawyers.

“The em­ploy­ers were great; they had in­ter­ac­tive stalls with lots of things for the pupils to do and took lots of ques­tions about their in­dus­tries and ap­pren­tice­ships.”

Var­ied ca­reers Tools of the trade Pupils at St Mar­garet’s found out about join­ery and tried their hands at some new skills

Pic­ture per­fect Me­dia tech­nol­ogy equip­ment was also on of­fer at the Air­drie school’s ca­reers event

Kit­ted out The St Mar­garet’s young­sters tried out hard hats and hi-vis vests

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