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Banchory Academy Careers fair 2019

Careers Fair evening set the Games Hall buzzing!

Over 50 exhibitors and 500 pupils and parents set the Games Hall buzzing last Monday evening, September 30th.  More than 35 employers - local, national and global - representing a broad spectrum of job areas were on hand to offer information.  Nine Scottish universities, as well as NESCOL (North East Scotland College) and SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) attended to give advice about further and higher education (FE and HE).  A massive thanks goes to all our exhibitors for their tremendous support of this event.  Thank you, also, to all the pupils who helped with the running of the event, and the sixteen pupil Ambassadors for the Skills Development Scotland website MyWorldofWork (MyWOW) who were busy demonstrating to parents and peers the resources available to young people as they transition from school to the world beyond.  Thank you to Banchory Academy’s Strategic Influencing Partner, Banchory Lodge, who provided a complimentary buffet of gourmet sandwiches for exhibitors, setting a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  And, of course, a big thank you to all the pupils and parents who attended the event and made it such a big success.  If any parents would like to get involved in supporting the school’s lunchtime careers talks, and the next Careers Fair in 2021, please contact

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For over three years now, the school has been hosting lunchtime careers talks for pupils, bringing in parents and local people who work in a diverse range of job areas to speak about their work, and how their career has developed since school.  This initiative, set up by the school’s Parent Council, has been extremely well supported by the community, and many of the lunchtime speakers were exhibitors at the Careers Fair.

The lunchtime careers talks and the recent Careers Fair are both part of a bigger picture, led by the Scottish Government, to develop the young workforce. In 2014 the Scottish Government Commission for Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), led by Sir Ian Wood, produced a report with 39 recommendations to improve young people’s transitions from education to employment.  DYW regional groups were established to facilitate engagement between employers and education.  DYW North East works hard to recruit the support of as many employers as possible, and to put them in touch with schools.