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Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

On Tuesday 1st March our senior pupils in S5 and S6 who will be leaving Alford Academy in summer 2022, were invited to take part in a practical session lead by our career advisor, to help write a CV in preparation for their future pathway.

The turn out was very good and pupils followed a step by step process to create their personal CV’s and covering letters.

The session was lead by Jemma Kinnaird, our Skills Development Scotland Career advisor and Aimee Maitland, our Developing the Young Workforce school coordinator.

After the session, pupils were equipped with an up to date CV ready for distributing to potential employers.

Pupils said:

“This was extremely helpful and informative and now I have a CV that I can use straight away and update regularly when I need to”.

“Very helpful and now I can write a CV. This helped me develop my personal CV and made me think of aspects to add to my CV that I wouldn’t have considered”.


Scottish Apprenticeship Week S5/6

Scottish Apprenticeship Week S5/6

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Please see below if you are interested in apprenticeships within STEM subjects. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).


Apprentice Panel

Suitable for: Secondary school learners

Tuesday 8 March, 11.00 – 12.00, Teams Live

Hosted by school learners who are part of the Young STEM Leader Programme, where you will have the opportunity to hear from four STEM Ambassadors currently undertaking apprenticeships.  The Apprentices come from Dounreay, GE Caledonian, Graham Construction and Rolls Royce.  This is a great chance to learn more about apprenticeships, what they involve and the opportunities that are available.

Register here:

School Leavers Webinar for Parents/Carers

School Leavers Webinar for Parents/Carers

SDS careers advisers Amy and Louise recently hosted a school leavers information session full of advice to help parents feel more confident supporting their school leaving child.

The webinar is a general overview of the options open to a young person after they leave school. It covers:

  • Who Skills Development Scotland are
  • The options open to young people who are leaving school
  • The support that’s available to young people who are leaving school and their parents

Scroll down on to watch it.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland – Online session for parents/carers to help support with course choice

Skills Development Scotland – Online session for parents/carers to help support with course choice

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering parents and carers an online opportunity to find out more about how they can help their child make their S2/3 subject choices for the Senior Phase.

The session is on Thursday 25th February 6:30-7:15.

For more information and to register for the virtual meeting please use the following link :

Aberdeen Articulation Week

Aberdeen Articulation Week

Articulation Week Parent and Guardian flyer

Aberdeen University are hosting an event to promote the routes to degree studies through articulation from HNC/D courses.

Aberdeen University have organised a 1 hour presentation and Q&A session for school pupils (in the senior phase) and their parents/guardians that will focus on Articulation – how it works and the opportunities that are available. This session will take place between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday the 25th of November.


Pupils and parents/guardians can sign up for the session at the following web link:

SDS Results Helpline Extended

SDS Results Helpline Extended

The SDS (Skills Development Scotland)  Results Helpline service, originally scheduled to close on 12 August, will remain open until 28 August.

The helpline will continue to offer support to young people (including school leavers) and their parents and carers for this extended period. Our expert advisers can provide reassurance as well as information and advice on Confirmation and Clearing as well as other options available.

  • The SDS Results Helpline service is now open until 28 August. Whatever your results, pupils, school leavers and parents and carers can speak to expert advisers about options. Call 0808 100 8000, 9am-5pm weekdays or visit .
  • You can also speak to your Skills Development Scotland school careers adviser about your next steps. Contact Inverurie Centre on 01467 623623, Peterhead Centre on 01779 479345 and Aberdeen Centre on 01224 285200
Hospitality Apprenticeship North East

Hospitality Apprenticeship North East

The Hospitality Apprentice North East (HANE) – is now open to applications for the September 2020 intake of young adults who want to take their first steps in the world of hospitality. The programme, which saw its first intake of apprentices in September 2019, aims to find the next generation of industry professionals. The 18-month, paid apprenticeship leads to SVQ level 5 on completion and apprentices are paid at the national minimum wage for their age rather than at the lower national apprenticeship rate.

The bespoke 18-month programme gives participants experience in four areas of hotel operation – housekeeping, reception, food and beverage and kitchen. Apprentices have the opportunity to take part in masterclasses and learning journeys as well as the option to continue beyond the 18 months’ apprentice scheme with an additional six-month project within their hotel. The 2019 intake of apprentices visited The Fife Arms in Braemar for wine education with a top London sommelier, toured a whisky distillery, underwent barista training, had a show round of commercial laundry and had the chance to meet celebrity chef Glynn Purnell who himself started as an apprentice.

Hannah Kerridge, is one of the 2019 intake of HANE apprentices, she joined the scheme after leaving university and working in a hotel and recommends the scheme to any school leavers or young adults who want a hands-on learning experience.

“I knew that it was hotels I wanted to work in, and it was hospitality I wanted a career in. The apprenticeship offers me a qualification and far more experience in different departments which would put me in good stead to go further in my career. And it’s a paid apprenticeship. If someone had raised this with me when I left school I would have taken it up and gone straight into getting lots of hands on experience. If I’d gone into it straight from school, I maybe would be a supervisor or duty manager by now rather than in a couple of years’ time. That’s what I am aiming for just now. You do get placements at college but with the apprenticeship you are paid the entire time and get a whole range of experience every day– which is a massive selling point for taking an apprenticeship route.

Applications for the 2020 intake of students – which will start work in September – are now open via

School Leavers Webinar

School Leavers Webinar

A fun & informative series 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!

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