More than 1,000 people attended the biggest skills show ever to be staged in the Highlands this week.
Visitors young and old at the Press and Journal Skills Show 2015 got the chance to find out about a range of career options, ranging from modern apprenticeships and graduate schemes to the police and Army.
The event, held at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness, was presented in association with partners Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Highland Council and My World of Work.
Event organiser for the P&J, Kerry Medford, said: “It was such a good day with so much positive feedback from schools, exhibitors and attendees.”
Iain Mackenzie, from the Inverness Campus, said: “We were delighted to be a supporting sponsor of the Skills Show event. It was wonderfully organised and allowed us at Inverness College UHI to showcase the wide range of courses and opportunities available. Our guidance and academic staff and beauty students were thrilled to meet so many pupils from across the area and I think the pupils were enthralled with the interactive activities.
“The psychology teasers, apps development, robotics and beauty treatments on display helped pupils understand college life a little better and it’s great to be able to paint a more accurate reflection of what they can expect. It was also fantastic to network with employers to discuss possible partnerships and placements. Overall, a hugely satisfying and successful day.”
Highland Council staff from a diverse range of careers including accountancy, environmental health, teaching, civil engineering, and architecture were represented at the show and many students attending said they didn’t realise the council offered so many different types of jobs.
Nicky MacLennan, senior phase lead officer with Highland Council, said: “One of our aims was to raise awareness with young people – our workforce of tomorrow – about the diverse range of opportunities available in the council and the different routes into these careers.
“From the start to the close of the day there was an excellent atmosphere at the show, all made possible by the many enthusiastic individuals representing their organisations, and attendance by a wide range of people including around 800 school students. I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and support for the event.”
Anthony Standing, from SDS, said: “The day was a huge success and it was great to see so many young people at the event.
“Not only was SDS able to give one-to-one careers advice to hundreds of young people, we were able to explore with them the opportunities, modern apprenticeships and work-based learning offered at our Learning Through Work sessions. It was a huge team effort, and I want to thank all the partners and businesses who supported the day for getting involved.
“I’m sure all the young people who came along now have a much deeper understanding of the career opportunities on offer to them in the Highlands.”