Ca­reers event in Perth

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Par­ents and car­ers of school leavers will gather for an event in Perth tomorrow de­signed to in­form them about op­tions in terms of fu­ture ap­pren­tice­ships.

Skill De­vel­op­ment Scot­land has or­gan­ised the show­case at its High­land House base in the Fair City’s St Cather­ine’s Re­tail Park.

Team leader He­len David­son said: “Leav­ing school can be a con­fus­ing time for young peo­ple and their par­ents and car­ers.

“We wanted to make this as easy as pos­si­ble by hav­ing this event where peo­ple can find out what is avail­able be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sions.

“There has never been a time where there has been so many dif­fer­ent ways to train and pre­pare for a range of ca­reers.

“So it’s vi­tal that young peo­ple and their par­ents and car­ers have all the in­for­ma­tion they need to help them make their de­ci­sions.”

Zoe Hamp­ton left St John’s RC Academy in Perth last year and used a ca­reers ad­vice event to un­der­take a mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ship in so­cial care with the Rich­mond Fel­low­ship.

She said:“Un­til I spoke to my ca­reers ad­viser, I didn’t know that I could train and work at the same time.

“I had thought about univer­sity when I was leav­ing school but didn’t meet the en­try re­quire­ments.

“The mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ship has al­lowed me to gain ex­pe­ri­ence and build my con­fi­dence in a work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“My ap­pren­tice­ship has also al­lowed me to meet the en­trance re­quire­ments for univer­sity and I am now plan­ning a ca­reer in so­cial work.”

He­len added:“Zoe’s ex­pe­ri­ence shows that there are lots of diffrent routes into var­i­ous ca­reers and new di­rec­tions for young peo­ple to con­sider.

Ca­reers ad­vis­ers will be on hand from 5-7.30pm.

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