PUPILS from two high schools in the Highlands have had a glimpse of the opportunities that will be open to them in the future, thanks to job fairs organized by Developing the Young Workforce Inverness & Central Highland (DYWICH).
High school students from Invergordon and Alness academies had the opportunity to meet with representatives from around 20 employers, voluntary organizations and higher education institutions to learn more about career opportunities and training available in the region.
Kirsty Hunter, DYWICH School Coordinator, said: ‘It has been fantastic to see so many employers coming together to engage and support young people as they consider life after school.
“The job fairs in Invergordon and Alness provided high school students with first-hand experience of the many local industries that are currently recruiting for seasonal and permanent jobs. Employers were also able to showcase over 16 apprenticeship opportunities available in the Highlands – from traditional trades to modern office roles.
“The young people were also able to discover the diversity of volunteering and internship experiences available in the region, allowing them to acquire concrete experience in a sector that interests them to boost their CV.
During the events, students were able to mingle with employers to learn about a wide range of industries, including engineering, nursing, emergency services and recruitment – as well as talk to organizations volunteers about internships and educators about the college and university education offered. .
Schools also held dedicated silent sessions throughout the events, allowing students in need of extra support to fully benefit from the experience.
Feedback from students after meeting with employers included:
- “It was really awesome. I learned so much about what I can do when I leave school.
- “I didn’t realize there were so many options for when I left school.”
- “I really like the idea of an apprenticeship. I had never heard of it before. I didn’t know what it was.
- “There are so many opportunities we can do outside of going to college.”
Barnardos, NHS Highland and LANTRA have all signed the Garantie Jeunes and attended job fairs in Invergordon and Alness. By joining the system, they formalize their commitment to supporting young people in the world of work.
Other companies present included Inverness College, North Highland College, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Enable, Nigg Skills Academy, Ross-Shire Engineering, Skibo Castle, Serimax, Highland Council, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, British Army, University of the Highlands. & Islands, Kincraig Castle Hotel, Lifescan and Be Personnel.
Laura Macmillan, Employer and Partnership Advisor at Nigg Skills Academy, said: “We had a fantastic day at the career events at Invergordon and Alness. The Nigg Skills Academy is delighted to support area schools and provide training opportunities for young people in the engineering sector.
Fiona Scott, Accounts Manager at the Kincraig Castle Hotel, added: “It was a great opportunity to speak to so many young people about their hopes and dreams for the future. We look forward to working with them in the future.
Developing the young workforce Inverness & Central Highland is part of a national framework of employer-led regional councils across Scotland. Formed under the Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Strategy and hosted by the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, the group’s aim is to develop lasting links between schools, colleges and employers. Working in partnership with employers, DYWICH shapes the workforce of tomorrow and helps better prepare young people for the world of work.
For more information about DYWICH and how it facilitates collaboration between schools and local businesses, visit www.dywich.co.uk or follow DYWICH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.