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Daily Bulletin – Monday 5 december

Daily Bulletin – Monday 5 december

Festive Treats

During the month of December Interact will be selling Candy-Cones for 50p each every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at lunchtime.

The profits will be donated to local charities food banks.  Please do not hesitate to get yourself a festive treat.

Social Group

Social Group on a Monday lunchtime D0-67 bring your lunch come and chill and play games.

Christmas Dance

We are excited to announce that the Christmas dance is back after 3 years!  The junior dance is on Monday 19th of December and the senior dance is on Tuesday 20th of December.  Tickets will be on sale from the Monday 5th to Thursday 8th of December from 1.35-1.55 in D0-68 (junior dance) and D0-69 (senior dance) the cost will be £5 per ticket and includes food, drinks and music.

Developing the Young Workforce

I am Romana Richards the Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Employer School Coordinator for Alford Academy.  My job is to connect employers with Alford Academy.  I am at Alford Academy on a Monday and Tuesday every week.  At the end of each week I update the Alford Academy blog with careers information – this includes Job adverts, upcoming events, and resources.  There are hyperlinks that take you to all of the relevant websites.  This can be found in the Blog news section of the website

In addition, I update the blog news with flyers and information of other exciting upcoming events and open days that you might find useful.  Please do take a look it is a really useful resource and there are some amazing opportunities on offer for you to make use of.

S1-3 Lunchtime Drop-In

All S1-3 pupils are invited to attend a lunchtime drop-in session run by our Mental Health Peer Educators. This is an opportunity for you to socialise and take part in a range of fun activities and is a group for young people delivered by young people.  The sessions will take place every Wednesday lunchtime in D068 from 1.15-1.45pm and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Our Focus for Wednesday 7th December is a ‘getting to know you’ session with games and chat.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Career Opportunities – Jobs | Events | Resources

Career Opportunities – Jobs | Events | Resources

Weekly Update

Jobs | Events | Resources 02.12.22

Career opportunities

The latest local apprenticeship opportunities are listed below. Remember to regularly visit My World of Work, and the Young Person’s Guarantee Opportunity Finder to view new opportunities as these go live.

SET Training MA Service Desk Coordinator 03/12/2022
HSBC Finance Customer Service – Modern Apprenticeship 04/12/2022
Arnold Clark Aftersales Customer Service – Modern Apprenticeship 07/12/2022
Arnold Clark Mechanic – Modern Apprenticeship 07/12/2022
SMTA MA Light Vehicle Mechanic 08/12/2022
Sixth Sense Training MA IT Service Desk Assistant 16/12/2022
New Look Modern Apprenticeship: Retail Sales Assistant ( 18/12/2022
Add Energy Modern Apprenticeship: Finance & Digital Administration ( 20/12/2022
The Nursing Partnership Modern Apprenticeship: Recruitment Support ( 20/12/2022
Microcrom training Trainee property viewing Administrative Assistant – Modern Apprenticeship 10/01/2023
ITC Global Global VSAT Technician (Electrical Engineering) 08/01/2023
Scott Agri Service Engineer (Agricultural) 06/01/2022
Scot JCB Service Engineer – Modern Apprenticeship 06/01/2023
Rotech Engineering Ltd Stores Logistics Coordinator – Modern Apprenticeship 10/01/2023
Unspecified Employer Trainee Property Viewing/Administration Assistant 10/01/2023
Score Group MA Stores and Logistics 15/01/2023
Score Group MA Technical Services 15/01/2023
Score Group MA Business Support Apprenticeship 15/01/2023
Score Group MA Quality Control Apprenticeship 15/01/2023
Score Group MA Machinist Apprenticeship 15/01/2023
Score Group MA Valve Technician 15/01/2023
TMM Recruitment Administrator for Payroll Team Now taking applications
Bell Junior Administrator | Knowledge of Word/Excel required | Applications to Now taking applications
The Bread Guy Apprentice Baker – send email to Now taking applications
EY Assurance Apprenticeship Programme Register interest 2023 programme
EY Business Administrator Apprentice Now taking applications
Cruden Bay Golf Club Apprentice GreenkeepersPlease apply by sending a covering letter & CV to Les Durno General Manager Now taking applications
Total Energies Assistant AdministratorPlease apply by sending a covering letter & CV to Gillian Kimber Now taking applications
Baxterstory General Assistant Now taking applications
Applus UK Ltd Apprentice Business Administrator Now taking applications
Wolseley UK Technical Sales Apprentice Now taking applications
Wolseley UK Sales Advisor Apprentice Now taking applications
Survitec Group LimitedPeterhead Apprentice Service Technician Now taking applications
Lifetime Training Sales Advisor Apprentice Now taking applications
Bristow Aircraft Engineering Apprenticeship Programme Expression ofInterest
Banana Moon Day Nursery Trainee Nursery Early Years Practitioner Now taking applications
Konecranes Service Technician Apprentice Now taking applications
Scot JCB Group Apprentice Service Engineer – Aberdeen Now taking applications
Scot JCB Group Apprentice Service Engineer – Huntly Now taking applications


Careers events and activities

Big Spin Business Challenge: Does your class have what it takes to pitch a fantastic business idea and win funding to start a small business? Sustrans Ongoing
Open Day | Aberdeen City, Aberdeen Altens & Frsaerburgh campuses | 1000-1400hrs North East Scotland College 3rd December
Christmas coding competition This year’s challenge: Code a Christmas themed project that includes or mentions Santa. Dresscode 13th January
The Alexa Young Innovator Challenge Amazon’s brand-new coding competition for ages 13-18 invites students to explore the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and be in with the chance of winning some amazing prizes. Amazon 3rd February

Careers & Further Education Links

The websites below are key careers-related resources for young people and those who support them. The sites are worth bookmarking and revisiting regularly.

School Leavers Toolkit Scottish Government Education
Young Person’s Guarantee Opportunity Finder Skills Development Scotland
DYW Digital Resource Hub | For young people, educators, and employers DYW Scotland
My World of Work | Advice and tools to help plan careers Skills Development Scotland
DYW Northeast, You Tube Channel | Careers related videos and insights DYW Northeast
Buzz Quiz Careers Test – What job could you do? UCAS | Apprenticeship information/vacancies Skills Development Scotland
ABZ Works | Information on skills, training, and work opportunities Aberdeen City Council
Foundation Apprenticeships | A guide to Foundation Apprenticeships at NESCol NESCol



Christmas Jumper Swap for Charity

Christmas Jumper Swap for Charity

We are running a swap event in the run up to Christmas to try to encourage the reuse of ‘preloved’ Christmas jumpers. Many of us don’t realise that these are usually made from polyester and other plastic fibres, and often end up being quickly discarded. A study in 2019 showed that many young people buy a new Christmas jumper every year. In fact, it highlighted that Christmas jumpers have become one of the worst examples of fast fashion, now recognised as hugely damaging to the environment. Two out of five Christmas jumpers are only worn once over the festive period, and one in three adults under 35 buys a new Christmas jumper every year!

Children quickly grow out of their festive jumpers, so this year we are asking our pupils and/or parents/guardians to bring in and donate Christmas jumpers that they have outgrown, or no longer wish to wear, into school by Monday 12th December 2022. These can be put in the ‘drop box’ at the school reception.  Jumpers need to be clean and in a good condition for resale, please.

On Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December, during break and lunch, we will be asking children to bring in a Christmas jumper to swap or to pay a donation of £1 to buy a new (preloved) jumper. The money raised from this will be donated to the Trussell Trust (food bank).  There will be a ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ run by the Interact Group, at school on Thursday 22nd December, allowing pupils to wear their newly purchased/swapped Christmas jumper, with all donations also going the Trussell Trust.

We hope that this event will save lots of Christmas jumpers from entering landfill, being incinerated, or just being lost and unloved at the back of a wardrobe, and that the children will enjoy choosing a new preloved jumper to use this year and potentially beyond!

Christmas Coding Competition and Cyber Advent Calender

Christmas Coding Competition and Cyber Advent Calender

Fancy an opportunity to win some great tech prizes worth around £100?  This year’s challenge: Code a Christmas themed project that includes or mentions Santa.  The judges will be looking for creative, eye catching entries that stand out.  There must be code used to make your ideas come to life.  This could be an animation, a story, a joke, a game, a card, a poster, an adventure game, a fact page….anything you like!  It is completely up to you.

Click here to enter the DressCode Christmas Competition:

Click here to take on the Cyber Advent Calendar:

Good luck!

S6 Horizons programme

S6 Horizons programme

Yesterday, Tuesday 29th November, S6 pupils worked with representatives from the fire and rescue service where a hard-hitting presentation was given in efforts to raise awareness and encourage discussion on the consequences of dangerous driving.

The New Driver Early Intervention Scheme is aimed at encouraging safe driving practices amongst new and learner drivers. The scheme will target drivers between 17-25 years of age, who are statistically more likely to be involved in a collision.

Thank you to Julie and Russell from the fire service who gave their time to support our pupils.

Optometry Taster Day – Available to all STEM students in S5 and above

Optometry Taster Day – Available to all STEM students in S5 and above

Optometry Taster Day

Your chance to see what it’s really like to study Optometry at university

11.00am – 3.00pm 13 December 2022

UHI, Centre for Health Science, Inverness

UHI and Specsavers invite you… to an exclusive Optometry Taster Day at UHI, at the Centre for
Health Science, Inverness on Tuesday 13 December 2022.

Specsavers can cover the cost of your travel, please contact Lucy at to arrange this. Transport from Inverness city centre rail and bus stations will be provided.

Who should come along:

The event is open to all STEM students in S5 and above. We want to share with you all the opportunities a career in Optometry can offer.

Visit UHI Taster day 13.12.22 (003) for more information and details of how to register.

Specsavers Bright Futures Bursary

Specsavers Bright Futures Bursary

Specsavers Bright Futures Bursary

Did you know Specsavers can offer you a bursary whilst you are studying?

Specsavers Aberdeen have launched their “Bright Futures Bursary”

It is a fantastic opportunity for any young people keen to study optometry.

The Specsavers Bright Futures Bursary supports local STEM students through school and on to university.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

To find out more visit – BFB Specsavers See Your Future With Us

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