Event points pupils in the right career direction

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PUPILS looking for education and job opportunities got a real taste of life after school during a jobs and careers fair in Langholm.

They were joined by adults at the event which was organised by the Langholm Initiative's Building a Future for Eskdale project and Langholm Academy in collaboration with the Xcel Project.

Representatives from Police Scotland, Army, Royal Navy and Royal Marines discussed opportunities in their services. Universities and colleges were joined by JobCentre Plus and Business Gateway to help unemployed people and those considering starting a business, along with representatives of Eskdale businesses.

Duncan Elliot of Xcel encouraged attendees to see at least five stallholders. Their names were put into a prize draw to win a Lenovo 16GB touch screen tablet.

Judith Johnson, Building a Future for Eskdale project officer, said: "We were delighted with the turnout but I would have liked to see more adults. There was positive feedback from stallholders, pupils and the adults who came along."

David Roy, acting business manager at the Department of Work and Pensions gave advice on interviewing techniques and career progression. Pupils asked him about part-time work while they were at university.

Paul Imrie, Army careers adviser, said S2 pupils had asked him about different sports they could pursue in the Army.

Helen Goldsmith, careers adviser for Skills Development Scotland, gave useful advice to adults and young people on careers, apprenticeships and subject choices.

Lewis Bell S5 said he wasn't sure what he wanted to do at the moment and was finding out information on the different universities and careers in the NHS.

Phillipa McNeil, student recruitment officer at Glasgow University Dumfries campus said: "Some have specific interests so they need to look at what they are studying at national five level so they can continue with their highers in the right subjects."

Julie Gill, HR adviser for Edinburgh Woollen Mill, and Fiona Patterson and Georgina Hubberstey, recruitment administrators, were approached by older pupils. Julie said they had entry level positions for school leavers, including buying assistants and administrative positions in accounts.

David Barton, production manager at FTS Dyers, was asked about the two apprenticeships they currently had. One was for a young person to join the dyeing team. The other was for an apprentice electrician to join the maintenance team.

Ben Ewart S3 said: "It has been very beneficial to find out what my options are. I would like to be a fashion designer so I am looking at the universities and what they have to offer."

Scott Allan S5 said: "There's lots of useful information and it helps being able to take it away. It will hopefully help me decide where I am going next, university or college."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:28AM
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