Daily Bulletin – Tuesday 18 December 2018

Study Buddy Tip for the week: Prelims are coming up soon, so remember to study over the Christmas break but also give yourself some time to enjoy Christmas and New Year. If you’re struggling with exam stress, there are leaflets outside the SLT offices, and teachers are happy to help you too.

All S3, 4 and 5 pupils – course choice consultation: Please remember to complete the questionnaire about subject choice for next year. It can be found on the Alford Academy blog under the heading S3-5 Course Choice Consultation. The deadline is Thursday 20th December. Any queries, please see Mr Cookson.

Careers in Construction


A unique chance for you to see behind the scenes at major ‘live’ construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales.

Discover how the buildings and structures in your community are constructed and find out about the diverse range of skills and professions needed on site.

Be inspired by this growing industry, and learn how to start your career in construction



Oil and Gas Opportunities

Oil and Gas Technical

Apprentice Programme (OGTAP).

Recruitment for Process Operations,

Electrical, Mechanical and Instrumentation

and Control  Maintenance commences

9am Friday 19th February for a September 2016 start.

Closing date: Monday 29th February at 4pm


Applicants must be a UK resident and must be 16 years of age by the 20th May 2016,  there is no upper age limit.

In order to apply, you must have obtained the following grades or equivalent, depending on whether you have studied in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.


Four National 5 Grades A-C or equivalent

Mathematics English Physics, Chemistry or Engineering Science One other

We will also consider your application if you do not have Physics, Chemistry or Engineering Science but do have:

Mathematics Higher at Grade C or above English at National 5 Grade C or above Two other subjects at National 5 Grade C or above

Application process

The application process has 4 stages:

Stage 1 – Application form 

Our 2016 recruitment opens on Friday 19th February at 9am.

All applications are submitted online – when the application process goes live, if you have any problems accessing the online application please contact us for further information.

The closing date for applications is Monday 29th February at 4pm.

Stage 2 – Aptitude Test

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an aptitude test.

There are 5 multiple choice tests:

Numerical Computation Numerical Reasoning Technical Understanding Mechanical Comprehension Fault Diagnosis at a National 5/GCSE level.

To help you prepare and feel more relaxed, we recommend you familiarise yourself with the different types of questions and timings by taking practice tests online.  There are a number of online practice tests available and you can access these on the Oil & Gas Skills Navigator.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, make sure we are made aware of this in advance so any adjustments can be made.

Stage 3 – Interview

Following a successful aptitude test, you will be invited to attend a formal interview.

There are many resources available offering helpful hints so you can leave a lasting impression on the interviewers.

Our top five hints are:

Do your research Practice your answers Look the part Stay calm Ask questions!

Stage 4 – Finalising the offer

If you are successful, it is important that you send back the completed offer of acceptance promptly or before the respond by date.