Career Support

Leaving School This Summer

Can I please encourage all school leavers who are looking for apprenticeships, employment or training to check the vacancy file in the Guidance Area on a regular basis.

There are several really good apprenticeships available at present with closing dates in February or March –SO DON’T MISS OUT!

If anyone would like to meet to discuss your post school plans please call into the Careers Room (In the Medical Suite) on a Monday or Wednesday or email me.

You will be invited to a meeting on March 15th to find out how to search for vacancies , who to apply to, prepare a covering letter , CV’s etc  – Save the date.

Linda Johnston – Careers Adviser

Mobile number – 07557190081

Work Number – 01467 623623

Email –

Current Apprenticeships in Aberdeenshire

Link to website with current apprenticeship vacancies in Aberdeenshire:

The website is updated daily.

IT Careers

Computing and IT careers

To promote pathways into careers related to computing, the Scottish Government, E-Skills Uk, Skills Development Scotland and Educaiton Scotland have launched ‘Scotland Big Ambition’. There is a dedicated information site for young people interested in developing careers in Medical Imaging, Gaming, Search engines, Mobile devices, Online distribution and much more. Please visit

Employment Opportunities

Moving On!

Youth Recruitment Event

Town & County Hall, Union Street, Wednesday 30 March 2016, 1pm – 7pm

Come and find out what your options are for Moving On.

There will be a range of employment, ‪#‎apprenticeship and training opportunities promoted by businesses and training providers, including: Stewart Milne, North East of Scotland College, Sport Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council, Arnold Clark, AWPR, Sainsbury’s, SHMU, ITCA etc.

Professionals will also be on hand to give advice on training and career choices for those not ready to enter ‪#‎employment.

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.

U18 Football

The U18s were unlucky to go out in the 2nd round of the Aberdeenshire Cup in a tough match against Kemnay Academy.

The visitors dominated the early possession but found themselves a goal behind after a good break away from captain James Duncan, who calmly finished from 12 yards.

Kemnay equalised just before halftime, then took the lead early in the second half. However, the game turned on its head late in the second half when Mark Reid scored the equaliser with a cool finish from the right hand side of the penalty box.

There was a worrying moment when Tom Riach was injured in a heavy collision. Thankfully he hasn’t suffered any long term problems. Alford looked the likelier team to score with Rowan Currie having some impressive, surging runs. James Duncan had a chance to kill the game off but the impressive Kemnay keeper kept the visitors in the game. 

The game was settled on penalties, with Kemnay progressing into the quarter finals.

The Alford boys can count themselves to be very unlucky after a fantastic, spirited display against a solid and fluent opposition team. The lads were exemplary once again in their attitude and gamesmanship.