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Careers Service School Leaver Webinar Series

SDS Logo - CECA ScotlandMy World of Work |A fun & informative series from SDS of short 30 minute webinars to support you with the next steps of your career journey.

We understand everyone is facing challenges just now and your plans may have changed or seem unclear due to the current situation.  We want to let you know we are still here to help and provide you with the career information and guidance you need for your future.

Join our advisers, Hilary & Erin for our first session on Tuesday 2nd June at 3pm as they take a look at:

  • Acknowledging the current situation
  • Looking at the positives
  • What skills could come from this?
  • Understanding how Skills Development Scotland can help you
  • Learn about the future sessions we will be running
  • Some actions & links to resources that you can do yourself
  • You can also get involved through the poll questions and comments

Click the link to join – JOIN CAREERJAM SESSION 1

We hope you can join us!

Future webinars will be (dates to be confirmed) :-

Webinar 2 – Interviews – General – hints & tips (phone & video)

Webinar 3 – College – FE applications, interview process, funding

Webinar 4 – University – HE applications, interview process, funding

Webinar 5 – Employment – Labour market, jobs & sector info

Free Virtual Work Experience

At the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, we were sad that we couldn’t provide work experience and intern opportunities in our office this summer. We decided to do something about it and have created an online programme of inspiring education, webinars and career talks.

The aim of the programme is to:

  • Help young people understand the energy transition and that exciting careers are available
  • Support sustainable talent pipeline for energy sector
  • Showcase the D&I split of staff within the OGTC team and show that career opportunities are accessible
  • Create a sense of community for young people

The target audience for the 20-minute sessions is young people aged between 16 and 24. Here is the draft session schedule (below):

  1. MASTERCLASS: Introduction to the energy transition / climate change
  2. MASTERCLASS: Metaskills with Skills Development Scotland
  3. MASTERCLASS: Technology and impact on work; the importance of digital skills
  5. CAREER INSPIRATION: Entrepreneurial spirit / clean tech
  6. CAREER INSPIRATION: Renewables industry
  7. CAREER INSPIRATION: Data analyst
  9. CAREER INSPIRATION: Legal careers
  12. CAREER INSPIRATION: Marketing & Communications / Events
  13. MASTERCLASS: Finding and applying for work opportunities
  14. MASTERCLASS: Creating a great impression at interview

To register –




Gap Year Information

At AGS we want pupils to consider all possible options upon leaving school.  Perhaps your child wants to consider taking a Gap Year after leaving AGS and this is something we are often asked about.  The best contact we can give is which is free and impartial.  Here you will find information about different Gap Year providers, funds, advice for parents, etc.

S2 Girls interested in Engineering

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Young WEIR-WISE:  Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls

20 – 21 January 2020 and 23 – 24 January 2020

Applications Now Open!

Following the success of the Young WEIR-WISE: Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls outreach programme which saw 100 S2 girls take part in a variety of Engineering challenges here at the University of Strathclyde in January 2019, I am delighted to inform you that the programme will be running again in January 2020.

The programme is again being delivered in collaboration with the Weir Group – one of Scotland’s oldest and best-known global engineering companies, with a current workforce of 14,000.  50 girls will be invited to attend from 20-21 January 2020 and a second group of 50 girls will be invited to attend from 23-24 January 2020. The attached leaflet provides further information on the 2-day programme and we ask that you bring this to the attention of S2 girls, particularly those that have a talent for mathematics or physical sciences.

The programme is fully-funded by the Weir Group and all student costs, including a contribution towards travel costs, will be covered. The programme is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the Strathclyde University Campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils.  For the pupils’ convenience, we will arrange for Mentors to accompany pupils from and to Queen Street train station, Glasgow Central train station and Buchanan Bus Station at the start and end of each day.

Pupils should apply using the online application form available at the website as detailed in the attached leaflet. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 October 2019 and pupils will be sent a confirmation email upon receipt of their application. The selection panel will meet early in November and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application on Friday 15 November 2019. In the application form, pupils are asked to supply the name and contact details for a teacher who can provide a statement in support of their application. Teachers will receive an automated email which will include a designated link to the online application in order to submit their statement. Successful applicants will be informed as to which of the dates they have been allocated to attend (either 20-21 January OR 23-24 January 2020). Please note that applicants will be allocated to a specific date by the Young WEIR-WISE organizing committee and this date will be final – changes cannot be made following the allocation.

Please inform your Guidance Teacher if you are applying.

If you would like any further information on the programme, please contact us by email at:

Administration Apprenticeship

Apprentice Administrator/Secretarial Assistant

We have an exciting opportunity for a recent school leaver seeking a career in office administration and secretarial work.

Our client, a major oil & gas operator is looking for an enthusiastic person with a willingness to learn, to join them for a trainee. As well as gaining excellent experience across a variety of departments within the business you will also work with the local college for classes to support the work.

Ideally you will be:

  • A person with a desire to establish a career in office administration work


  • Live locally to Aberdeen.


  • Have excellent written English and Numeracy skills.


  • Ideally a  minimum of National 5 English and Mathematics C or above.


  • Be available to start work later in June/Early July 2019.


  • Database management and record keeping
  • Invoicing, budget tracking, payment processing
  • Quarterly management reporting
  • General administrative duties e.g. calendar management, travel bookings, visa applications, assistance with event co-ordination, Intranet maintenance


Intermediate PC skills required – Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint and Outlook.


  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Experience of working in an administrative role

Please apply by sending your CV to



Science based apprenticeship

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Field and Laboratory Research Support

Salary £13,260 Year 1, £17,316 Year 2

Fixed Term 24 Months

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food, biodiversity, soils and water security.

Working in one of either , the Environmental & Biochemical Sciences (EBS) or Ecological Sciences (ES) research groups, these exciting opportunities for Modern Apprenticeships in Life Sciences (Level 2) will allow the post holders to complete a common training foundation which will equip them in essential field and laboratory skills. Individuals will then go on to develop specialist skills in one of the following areas :

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Soil Survey and Analyses
  • Ecology and Agricultural research

At the Institute, the Modern Apprentices will work alongside Research and Technical staff to gain experience and skills in supporting scientific research across diverse areas of environmental and ecological research.

Two of the posts will be based at our Aberdeen site and the third will be based at our Invergowrie site.  There will be a requirement for occasional travel between Dundee and Aberdeen for work, training and assessment.

All of these appointments are for a 24-month duration and will start in August 2019. Over this period, modern apprentices will work towards Life Sciences Level 2 (SCQF Level 6) in conjunction with Dundee and Angus College, gaining skills and qualifications relevant to a career in scientific research support. Upon successful completion of year 1, salaries will increase to the Living Wage (currently £17,316), to move to year 2 year 1 must be successfully completed.  To apply, you will currently have, or expect to attain, one Higher qualification in Chemistry, Biology or Geography and National 5 qualifications in Mathematics, English or related subject. You will also have basic skills in Microsoft Office, good verbal and written communication skills and be a good team worker.

For more information in the Modern Apprentice Level 2 framework

For further information and to apply please visit


The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Applicant Closing Date: 26th May 2019

Start Date July/Aug 2019

Interviews will be on the 17th June 2019 at our Aberdeen site

Civil Engineering Opportunity

Fairhurst – Post of Trainee TechnicianImage result for fairhurst

We are currently looking to employ school leavers for the post of Trainee Technician in both our Aberdeen and Westhill Offices.

Ideally candidates should have qualifications in Maths, Graphical Communication, Physics and English.

Fairhurst would put successful applicants through further training at North East Scotland College on a day release course which would lead to a qualification in Civil Engineering.

If you feel you have any suitable candidates we would be pleased if you could send us their details (or alternatively ask them to make contact).

My details are as below:

Mr Garry Allan



88 Queens Road


AB15 4YQ

Tel: 01224 321222

Direct Dial: 01224 327642

Mobile: 07788 367897



Graduate Apprenticeship Opportunity

Image result for meston reid Meston Reid & Co are looking to take part in an exciting new Graduate Apprenticeship scheme in partnership with RGU under which two new employees will work towards an honours degree from RGU together with either an ACCA or ICAS professional accountancy qualification.

The Apprenticeship scheme is open to school leavers who prefer to enter the workplace straight from school but still continue their education.  There are university level entrance requirements which have been set at a minimum of 4 Highers at grade B, preferably including Maths.

We currently have two vacancies.

The closing date is 14 June 2019 and students can apply by submitting a cover letter and CV to me at

Kind regards


Louise Smith
Business Services Manager
T: +44 (0) 1224 625554  |  F: +44 (0) 1224 626089



12 Carden Place
AB10 1UR


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