Academy Skills Fair hailed a success by organisers

The Skills Fair was held at Fraserburgh Academy recently.
The Skills Fair was held at Fraserburgh Academy recently.

Fraserburgh Academy pupils have taken part in an ‘Opportunities for Achievement - Skills Fair’ where school staff and community representatives showcased the clubs and activities which are running this academic session.

On the same day, all Fraserburgh Academy pupils received a booklet entitled ‘Opportunities for Skills Development within the Fraserburgh Learning Community’.

Pupils, along with their parents and guardians, will now be able to browse through the booklet and make informed choices regarding the types of activities they would like to participate in over the coming year.

During the Skills Fair, pupils learned about the 30 clubs and activities which are running this academic year.

Each display at the fair emphasised the skills that the young people would develop through participation in each activity. In addition, a selection of 30 employers reiterated the skills they feel are required for their particular career areas.

Mrs Helen Hendry, Depute Rector at he academy, was delighted with the response from the local community, including employers and members who are running clubs, and would like to thank all who contributed to the booklet and subsequently attended the Skills Fair.

Commenting, Sandra McIntosh, Communication Advisor with Total E & P UK Ltd said: “The pupils who attended were very good and even the S1 pupils had some really good questions and seemed interested to pursue a career in oil and gas.

“We chatted to a few of the senior boys who had attended the SCIP career skills workshop, so good to catch up with them again and hear how they are progressing. Overall, a very busy but successful event.”

Martin Danzinger, Creative Director at Circus Modo, said: “We had 25 complete new comers turn up last night. From our perspective, the Skills Fair has been a resounding success and has really helped us to reach out to new participants.”

Overall, staff thought the pupils enjoyed their time at the skills fair and described the experience as a quality event.

Miss Burnett of the academy’s Modern Studies Department said: “I really enjoyed attending the event and I thought it was a great showcase for the school and a really good opportunity for networking and for the pupils to see what opportunities are out there both in terms of extra-curricular activities and the world of work.

“I discussed it at some length with my class on return from the fair. We discussed the skills poster they handed out previously, the stalls they attended, what they found out, what clubs they might join and what jobs they might be interested in for the future.”

Pupil evaluations were extremely positive with 94% stating that they would encourage other pupils to attend this type of event in the future. Pupils also took the opportunity to suggest activities that they would like to see on offer – including computing, gaming, art and crafts, photography, tennis and mock interviews.

Similarly, parents who attended the skills fair found the event to be very useful, particularly having information about the school and community-based clubs ready for pupils at one time. They commented that the event was both informative and enjoyable, and said the event provided good information for all ages.