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Alford Alumni – Reaching out to ex Alford Academy pupils – Career Education

Alford Alumni – Reaching out to ex Alford Academy pupils – Career Education

At Alford Academy we are actively trying to improve our career education to inspire young people about their future careers. With so many new opportunities and pathways available to our young people, we are continually looking at ways to educate our pupils about jobs and careers throughout a variety of sectors.

We would like to use the expertise of our Parents and Carers to share their experiences, pathways and skills they use everyday in their careers to inspire the next generation.

At Alford Academy pupils have created a working group called “Alford Alumni”. They would be very interested in hearing the stories and pathways from ex Alford Academy students, to find out where they are today, what job they are currently doing and how they got there.

If you are an ex Alford Academy pupil and would like to take part, please complete the google form questionnaire which can be accessed via the link below.

https://forms.gle/47UYSpc4zSLCvBR66

We would really appreciate a short video clip, if willing, to share your pathways and perhaps talk about the following themes:

  • Your name, year you left Alford Academy – What House were you in at school.
  • What was your favourite subject and activities / clubs you enjoyed or attended at school?
  • What is your job title, what do you do and what skills do you use.
  • What was your career pathway that took you to this job.
  • What subjects and qualifications did you get at school.
  • How do you go about getting into this line of work.
  • What do you enjoy about your work.

We would share these with our pupils during Horizons – A new programme designed to enhance career education and future pathways.

If you are willing to create a video, please upload these via WeTransfer and send these to the following email address: alford.academy@glow.sch.uk

Instructions to upload to We Transfer can be found  here.

Many thanks for taking the time to be part of our Alford Alumni, we look forward to hearing about the career pathways of ex Alford pupils.

Alford Academy Pupils – 2021

Alford Academy S5 Horizons – A visit from the British Army

Alford Academy S5 Horizons – A visit from the British Army

Alford Academy hosted a visit from the British Army on Tuesday who delivered a variety of activities and experiences to our S5 Senior pupils. As part of our Horizons programme, the Army shared career opportunities available in the armed forces including: Electrical / Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Sports, Catering, Logistics, Construction, Telecommunication, Business/Admin and Training through Apprenticeships to enter a trade.

There were team building activities where our pupils designed and constructed a wheelbarrow to race through a slalom course. It was a fun activity where pupils worked closely with peers not necessarily in their friendship group. It was clear to see skills developing where communication and confidence grew as the task progressed.

A spokesperson for the Army stated: “This is one of the best schools we have worked with across Scotland. The pupils today were fully engaged, polite, listened well to the instructions and tackled all of the tasks”.

All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day. We witnessed pupils who were really apprehensive first thing in the morning but were laughing and joking with their team whilst getting the task done. The pupils certainly developed a range of key skills, transferable for the future.

University of Glasgow Open Day and Software Engineering Course

University of Glasgow Open Day and Software Engineering Course

We realise it is still early the new academic term and everyone is settling in but we are keen to give you a quick heads up on 2022 opportunities on the UofG Software Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship (GA).

It would be great if you could share this information across your DYW schools and college community so they can cascade to fellow educators, students, parents and carers. Thank you for your support.

 Good to know about the GA:

  • We flex on our entry standard grades (Bs not As) and offer a bespoke HNC/D route
  • Our 8-week on campus block learning creates a strong student experience
  • because the degree is combined with a job it is a great opportunity for students who are ready to work and learn, and those for whom a salary will enable them to continue their education.

What next for 2022 intake:

UofG Open Day (online) – 2nd September at 5pm
Our Programme Director, Dr Matthew Barr, will be holding an online information session focused on the Software Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship, with the opportunity to ask questions, as part of the university Open Day. Everyone welcome. Please share this registration link with your community.

Online Information Sessions
We will be running online information sessions from the Autumn onwards to explain how the GA works, the benefits to students, and how to apply. These will be aimed at school/college students, teachers, and parent/carer community.  If it is considered safe to do so we would love to invite students on campus too. More details to follow.

Schools, Colleges and Clubs visits
The GA Team are keen to make school/college visits or organise bespoke online sessions for a specific community or organisation. Information on our Software Engineering GA is especially relevant from S4 upwards for students whose interests and aptitude include Maths, Sciences and Computing Science.

More resources
Details of the Software Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship programme can be found here.
Details of how the GA promotes diversity and employer partnerships can be found here.

Any questions at all, please contact me at anna.doyle@glasgow.ac.uk

Thank you for helping to spread the word of the opportunities offered by Graduate Apprenticeships

RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day

RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day

If you couldn’t make it to our first virtual applicants day, now’s your chance! Come along to our second RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day, taking place on Wednesday 31st March 2021 between 4pm and 8pm.

Just like the on-campus events the Applicants Day will be filled with information on university life and resources, along with opportunities to speak to current students and course staff!

You can join these live sessions to find out more about your selected course, and how RGU will equip you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications leading to countless possibilities.

 

There are three specific computing live sessions, as well as live chat throughout the event:

16:15 – 17:00 : Computer Science and Software Development

17:15 – 18:00 : Computing & Creative Design and Digital Media

18:15 – 19:00 : Cyber Security and Networking Management

NHS Live Virtual Work Experience Programme

NHS Live Virtual Work Experience Programme

We are pleased to inform you that the NHS Live Virtual Work Experience Programme is now available to support all of your aspiring healthcare students with work experience opportunities during the pandemic. Students now have access to their own specific work experience programme that will be highly relevant to the following healthcare careers:

 

Nursing

Midwifery

Paramedics

Physiotherapists

Occupational Therapists

Radiographers

Art, drama and music therapists

Dietitian

Radiographers

Osteopaths

Prosthetists and orthotics

Speech and language therapists

 

You can learn more and your students can register for the programme here: https://alliedhealthmentor.org/nhs-healthcare-careers-virtual-work-experience/

 

Students will receive certificates upon completion, but places are limited and therefore they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to keep this fair. If you are interested you can register through the website link above. Places are just £10 a day to cover administrative costs.

 

You can also download the flyer at this link: https://alliedhealthmentor.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/NHSHealthcareCareersLiveVirtualWorkExperience.pdf

Cyber Treasure Hunt Competition

Cyber Treasure Hunt Competition

This week, in Computing Science, our S2/3 have taken on the Cyber Treasure Hunt Competition run by Dresscode.  They have been challenged to see if they can solve the clues to find out who the cyber criminal is and stop them in their tracks.

Prizes for the competition are provided by AMS (Amazon Web Services) and every pupil who enters the competition is entered into the prize draw.  Good luck everyone taking part.

https://turingstesters.co.uk/secondary/

RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day

RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day

Come along to RGU’s Virtual Applicants Day, taking place on Saturday 6th March 2021 between 10am and 3pm.

Just like the on-campus events the Applicants Day will be filled with information on university life and resources, along with opportunities to speak to current students and course staff!

You can join these live sessions to find out more about your selected course, and how RGU will equip you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications leading to countless possibilities.

 

There are three specific computing live sessions, as well as live chat throughout the event:

 

10:15 – 11:15 : Computer Science and Software Development

11:30 – 12:30 : Computing & Creative Design and Digital Media

12:45 – 13:45 : Cyber Security and Networking Management

 

taking place on Saturday 6th March 2021 between 10am and 3pm.

 

Just like the on-campus events the Applicants Day will be filled with information on university life and resources, along with opportunities to speak to current students and course staff!

You can join these live sessions to find out more about your selected course, and how RGU will equip you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications leading to countless possibilities.

 

There are three specific computing live sessions, as well as live chat throughout the event:

10:15 – 11:15 : Computer Science and Software Development

11:30 – 12:30 : Computing & Creative Design and Digital Media

12:45 – 13:45 : Cyber Security and Networking Management

NESCol Virtual Open Day Information

NESCol Virtual Open Day Information

 

Our next open day for courses starting in 2021 will take place online from 3pm – 7pm on Wednesday 17th  March.

Join us to find out everything you need to know about college life, including  information on courses, the application process, funding and support available to students during their studies.

The event is open to everyone interested in finding out more about NESCol – school pupils, careers advisors, parents and guidance staff making it the ideal time to find out the information you need for yourself, or for someone else you think could be interested in studying at NESCol.

Please register your interest at the following link and further information will be sent in due course.

https://www.nescol.ac.uk/students/new-applicants/open-days/

Can I also take this opportunity to remind you all of the offer from our Student Information team to provide online application workshops to support Full Time applications.  These can be provided on a day and time to suit or there is generic sessions open to all members of the public on a Wednesday morning, more information can be found at the link below.

https://www.nescol.ac.uk/application-workshops/

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