Our career coach Gemma Fraser has organised an information session for students in S4 today. Modern Apprenticeships - session delivered by South Ayrshire Council- information about upcoming vacancies, the recruitment process and apprenticeships in general.
Three of the countries biggest companies will be accepting applications for their apprenticeship schemes from November.
Do you have a passion for business, journalism, production, or technology and want to start your career with the BBC? We'll have an apprenticeship, placement or graduate scheme to suit you.
School Leavers can check out our apprenticeships and degree schemes in Broadcast Operation, Broadcast & Communications, Business Management, Cyber Security or Software Engineering all opening for applications on 1st November 2017. Our Journalism and Production apprenticeships will open in March 2018. Schemes start in September 2018
Visit www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships for more information
BAE Systems 2018 Apprenticeship schemes open on the 1st of November 2017. Take a look at the opportunities available on their website.
GSK 2018 Apprenticeship schemes open in November 2017. Keep an eye on their website for the opportunities available.
FAO: S5/6 pupils (who may leave in December)
The City of Glasgow College has released its intended January start courses for 2018.
Applications opened on the 11th October.
These courses are often given on a first come first served basis, so applying asap is essential. If anyone wishes to apply and needs support to do so, please see school career coach, Gemma Fraser, in Room 214.
Applications for January start courses at Ayrshire College will open later in the year.
Information for S5 Pupils.
The Higher Education Convention it taking place at Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock Campus on Tuesday 12th September.
Marr College have an allocated time slot of 0930-1030 so we will meet at the school bus bay at 0855 and will return to school around 1100.
If you wish to attend collect a letter from your guidance teacher and return to the office or Mr Blair no later than Wednesday 6th September. There is no cost for this trip.
UCAS information evening for students and parents will be held on Monday 28 August 6.30pm in the school assembly hall. This evening will explain the UCAS process with talks from Dr Speirs of Edinburgh University as well as former students who have successfully secured university places for a variety of courses. University Open days are available on the calendar within the pupils section of the UCAS page.
For full details of the Ayrshire UCAS higher education exhibition please go to www.ucas.com/exhibitions Tickets need to be booked on the above website.
On Tuesday, 7th February, the Careers and Options Evening was held from 6pm to 8pm with around 450 people showing up. A wide variety of representatives were available with over 20 attending and giving advice to pupils. Parents and pupils could seek advice from local college partnerships, employers, universities, apprenticeship/recruitment consultants, Skills Development Scotland and businesses about pathways beyond school and possible careers.
Pupils could gain interview techniques at the interview techniques workshop and then take part in face to face interviews with consultants about their careers. Donations for a local charity were also collected at the careers and options evening, thank you to anyone that donated. Mr Bill Porterfield, Head of HR at Distell Europe gave the main speech twice on the night. Refreshments were provided in the canteen by N4/N5 home economics department and pupils. Some S6 students were also available to talk to pupils and parents about their past experiences in choosing different subjects.
Mr Mcneill said that “This was the first time the careers evening was held in a different format” and that “The feedback was good from both students and parents.” He also said that the event was “aimed towards getting people to think beyond school” and hopes that “these events achieve that.”
The universities in attendance were Glasgow University, Strathclyde University, S.R.U.C, U.W.S, Dundee University and Glasgow Caledonian University.
We would like to say thank you to pupils and parents for attending the event and also thank the representatives that gave out a wide range of information.
We have recently been informed of opportunites for our pupils at two Scottish Universities.
Strathclyde University are offering Accelerate Courses: "A week-long programme for pupils at the beginning of S5 and S6" focussed on various career and subject options. Full details here.
University of the West of Scotland are offering a Taster Session: A day to learn more about life at UWS and participate in a workshop on a course they are intersted in studying. For pupils starting S5 in 2017. Full details here.
Pupils should contact Mrs Cooper if they wish more information on either option.
All students who hold an offer for entry to University in 2017 will be able to apply for their fees and financial support through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) from April. Applications should be submitted by the end of June in order to ensure that all funding is available by the start of term.
Full details are available from the SAAS Website, inlcuding what funding is available and how applications are assessed.
Click here to see our term dates. Full details of opening and closing times will be published in this blog.
Click on the image below to view the parent calendar for 2017-2018.