High school’s first busi­ness break­fast hailed a suc­cess

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN High School pupils were given the chance to get ahead in the work­ing world, as dozens of busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als at­tended a break­fast at the school.

Peo­ple from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent sec­tors ac­cepted Oban High’s in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the in­au­gu­ral event.

Fol­low­ing a quick pre­sen­ta­tion from school staff to the lo­cal busi­nesses, and a ba­con roll, an assem­bly took place where former pupils dis­cussed their cho­sen ca­reers.

The three guest speak­ers were Lau­ren Ste­wart, Pa­trick Stee­man and Alas­tair Mac­Gre­gor. Lau­ren is man­ager of the Water­front Fishouse Res­tau- rant, Pa­trick works at Oban Dis­tillery and Alas­tair is chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Af­ter the assem­bly, there was an event in the li­brary where busi­nesses set up stalls and dis­cussed ca­reer op­tions with in­ter­ested stu­dents.

Neil Mitchell, de­pute head teacher, who was tasked with or­gan­is­ing the event, hailed it a suc­cess, say­ing: ‘I am de­lighted so many folk have turned up but it’s all about the young­sters.

‘One of the key things is to in­volve busi­nesses more. We have a su­per set-up with the Path­ways Project.’

The Path­ways Project, taught by Ais­ling Clark, gives pupils the chance to ob­tain work ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tions in an in­dus­try they are in­ter­ested in. At the event, Mrs Clark handed out a num­ber of awards to busi­nesses that have gone above and be­yond to cater for pupils.

Roddy’s Garage, Ar­gyll TSI and St Columba’s Pri­mary School in Oban were all com­mended for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the project.

‘This is the next stage,’ Mr Mitchell added. ‘Try­ing to bring busi­nesses into the school.’

Any­one who wants to get in­volved should email Oban High School on en­quiries@ oban­high.ar­gyll-bute.sch.uk

De­pute head teacher Neil Mitchell with Lau­ren Ste­wart, Pa­trick Stee­man and Alas­tair Mac­Gre­gor.

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