Wester Ross Careers Fair for Ullapool & Gairloch High Schools

Careers Fairs are a great way for pupils to interact with various employers to find out about careers, work experience, apprenticeships and further education opportunities.  At a time when many senior phase students will be thinking of what they want to do after education, DYW West Highland organised a careers fair in collaboration with Ullapool and Gairloch High Schools. The event was held at Ullapool High School where pupils and teachers benefited from over 25 employers from various sectors.

Day Format

Following on from the success of the Gairloch High School S1 to S3 careers fair last year, 120 Gairloch and Ullapool High school seniors took part in interactive activities, facilitated by big name employers such as:

Kicking off the day were the Army representatives who delivered several team building exercises to a mixture of senior Gairloch and Ullapool High School students to give them an idea of the key personal attributes employers look for as well as qualifications. Key attributes such as the ability to teamwork, communicate effectively, lead a team and resilience can be built upon through such activities. One Ullapool High, S4 pupil commented:

“I learned a lot about how businesses have lots of different jobs that contain a variety of skills.”

Parents and the wider community also had the opportunity to attend the careers fair later in the day to find out about job and apprenticeship opportunities currently on offer.

Event Reflection

Issued with work booklets senior students had the opportunity to take notes and reflect on the information given to them by the employers regarding career options which we hope will be used to shape future decisions. The event was also a great opportunity for networking as education professionals had the opportunity to liaise with employers to get more information about the current labour market, potentially shaping learning outcomes for future pupils. It is with great appreciation that we thank all the attending employers for their time and efforts in helping to shape the future workforce and we look forward to working with them more to progress school / employers partnerships. Wipro employee, Donna commented:

“This is one of the best events we have attended so far. It was good for other employers from our sector to be in the same room – this worked very well and relationships developed further. Thank you for the invite to another successful DYW event Ashley.”

For more information regarding how to get involved with DYW West Highland, contact the team on: info@dywwesthighland.org / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram or call in and see us in the office at 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH