High school’s first business breakfast hailed a success
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.