Careers event for pupils and parents

Learn about work and higher education options

More than 50 local and national employers and representatives from colleges and universities will be at the Positive Futures careers event in Perth next month.

The event, on Tuesday 7 February, in the city’s Dewars Centre, has been organised jointly by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Perth and Kinross Council and the local Developing the Young Workforce group.

SDS Team Leader Helen Davidson said: “This is the fifth year the event has been held and it usually attracts over 600 people. We hope to welcome more people to this year’s event as it is a fantastic opportunity to find out first hand from local and national employers and representatives from colleges, universities and training providers about the options that are available to young people in the area.” Helen explained that there are also a number of informal workshops at the event which have been created with parents and carers in mind. “We hope the workshops will give people the chance to find out more about the wide range of positive pathways that are available to young people who are leaving school and how to support young people as they plan their future.”

Trainee civil engineer Sean Burton, who works with I & H Brown, attended one of the earlier events when he was a pupil at Perth Grammar School. He said: “I can remember clearly that I was at a crossroads in my career journey and felt worried about I would do after school. My SDS careers adviser encouraged me to go along, saying it would only take an hour of my time. I am so glad I did go.” Sean learned about the Perth company’s training programme which he hadn’t been aware of before the careers event. He kept in touch, applied for a position and is now nearing the completion of his five year traineeship in civil engineering. “Learning while working has motivated me to keep studying as what I do relates to my job. I would say to any young people or parents considering going along to the event to do it. Give it an hour of your time and see what a difference it can make. I’m glad I did,” he added.

The event, at the Glover Street centre, will run from 2pm until 7.30pm.