Category: Developing the Young Workforce

Careers in the Creative Industries Presentation

Aberdeen Grammar School welcomed Craig Ellis Head of First Year at Gray’s School of Art.  He came in to speak to a healthy number of pupils from S3 to S5 P1 about careers in the Creative industries and Why go to Art School. Craig then spoke specifically to N5, Higher and Advanced Higher Art & Design pupils P2 up in the Art Department.

This was a very good opportunity to hear about the growth in this industry (19.5% between 2011 – 2015) and that this industry generated £87.4 bn to the economy in 2015. He also explained that 1 in 11 jobs in the UK are in the Creative Economy that’s 9% of all jobs or 2.9 million people and accounts for 6% of all jobs in Scotland.   Craig also highlighted the various roles and occupations associated with the Creative Industries. He then spoke about Grays School of Art.



Careers in the Creative Industries

Careers in the Creative Industries

Craig Ellis Associate Head of Undergraduate Studies at Gray’s School of Art will be in school on Thursday 14th of December P1 to speak to pupils about careers in the creative industries.

This is open to any pupil in S3,4 & 5 and not just those taking Art.

Any pupil interested in this opportunity should sign-up on the sheet on the DYW notice board or in the Art Department.

For more information please speak with Miss Forrest or Mr Foster


OPITO Energise Your Future 2018

Opito Energise Your Future event Feb 2018

 Venue: Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

Date: Friday 9th February 2018

Age Group – Young people aged 14-18

Why should young people attend:

  1. Find out more about the innovative industry
  2. Open their eyes to international  opportunities in the sector
  3. Let them see how the subjects they are learning in school can apply to different areas of the sector
  4. Given them the opportunity to engage directly with employers and ask what they want from young people
  5. Find out about the world-class technology being delivered and developed which is on show at the expo

Any pupils interested please see Mr Foster ASAP.

Women in Engineering Conference

Girls aged 15-17 from schools across the UK are invited to apply for a fully funded place at this unique residential conference hosted by the University of Aberdeen

The conference, which is being run in partnership with St Margaret’s School for Girls and is generously sponsored by Chevron, will provide a wonderful opportunity to explore engineering both in a university setting and in the workplace.

Staying in halls of residence supervised by experienced teachers, successful applicants will benefit from a travel bursary and a highly interactive programme rich with hands-on activities and face to face contact with female engineers.

A visit to the Integrated Operations Centre at Chevron’s headquarters in Aberdeen will also allow participants to interact with engineers working on and offshore.


See Mr Foster for more info on how to apply.


OPITO Energise Your Future – Anagram Challenge winners

Well done to the following pupils who won the Anagram competition at the recent Opito Energise your future event.

Megan Munro

Caio Barbosa

Eden Shaw

Liam Smaaskjaer

Haydn Oliver

Dani Benny

The pupils were given letters for answering questions and taking part in demonstrations throughout the day. All the letters made an anagram and AGS pupils were the first to figure out what it was – FUTURE TALENT

All pupils received a £20 union square gift card.




Entier’s Fresh Olives Roadshow 2017-18

Entier’s ‘Fresh Olives Roadshow’ is a food company school roadshow to recruit ambitious and talented young people into Entier’s award-winning Fresh Olives apprenticeship programme which will be running again during the school year 2017 – 2018.

There are two categories:

  • Chef
  • Business

To find out more on how to enter please speak with Mr Foster.

Who should participate?

  • Young people interested and committed to a career working for a leading food company
  • Young people who are passionate about food and drink, and have the potential to meet the high standards expected by Entier and their clients
  • Be eligible to leave school in summer 2018

Please note: The programme is not just for young people completing home economics courses at school.


About Entier

  • Entier is the largest private and independent catering and hotel services company in Scotland.
  • Local, global food family providing contract catering services, technical services and high-end
  • Wedding and event services
  • Recognised as a Scottish Employer of Choice
  • A Living Wage company
  • Highest Health, Safety and Environmental accreditations in our sector
  • Lowest staff turnover / highest staff retention in our sector
  • Operating in 23 difference locations worldwide
  • Offices in Aberdeen, Perthshire, Houston Texas and Perth Australia with almost 800 staff internationally

The ‘Fresh Olives’ is Entier’s sector-leading apprenticeship programme. As a food company, Entier will educate all Fresh Olive apprentices – regardless of their jobs within the business – on what it really means to work in this sector and all will take part in a variety of fantastic experiential opportunities which vary from attending chef demonstrations with some of the best chef’s in the country to visiting suppliers to get an understanding of what is involved in the food process from start to finish, or even foraging in the forest to get some of the freshest produce Scotland has to offer.

It is a three-year programme, during which the young person will also complete an SVQ qualification with the support of their line manager with the aim of having at least one Fresh Olive in every department of the business as well as an annual intake of Chef apprentices from local schools

The Fresh Olives roadshow is essentially the recruitment process to enter the Fresh Olives apprenticeship programme. Young people will be informed and inspired of career pathways in a vibrant, growing food business and will have the opportunity to enter into a positive destinations.

Please also note that winners of the competition will receive an offer of an apprenticeship at the company. An apprenticeship is full-time paid employment, meaning they will leave school and join Entier as an employee. If a young person is not prepared to leave school or join Entier as a result of taking part in this competition, we advise that they do not participate.

Exploring Practical Engineering

One day visit to ITCA at Dyce where the participants will have a health and safety induction and a practical experience in both our engineering and fabrication welding workshops. All participants will do the practical tasks not just observe. We can accommodate a maximum of 10 participants who will be split into two groups on the day. Available on a Tuesday – start and end times to be agreed in advance. It is recommended that the participants have an interest in engineering. Learner needs to supply own packed lunch.



Curriculum areas

Mathematics, Technologies, Other


Communication and interpersonal skills, Numeracy, Problem-solving skills, Team working, Technical and specialist skills

Preparation work

See Mr. Foster for more information.

EY Schools Choices Evening

EY who are our current business partner have the following careers insight event open to all Aberdeen Schools:

Event: EY Schools Choices Evening

When: Thursday 2nd November 2017

Time: 6pm

Where: EY Aberdeen, Blenheim House, Fountainhall Road, Aberdeen, AB15 4DT  

EY: You’ll be amazed what you can learn in such a short space of time. The EY Choices open evenings show school leavers what life’s like at a leading global business like ours, so you can decide whether EY is the right place for you to start your career. We’ll help you to understand how you can make better decisions about your future career, explain the different options available at EY and you’ll get to meet some of our current trainees and senior people.

Wherever you go next, it’s a great way to begin your journey.

Use the following link to register your place: