High school pupils grill Oban employers on career opportunities

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The annual Oban High School ‘Business Breakfast’ was held on Tuesday.

Dozens of local employers, fuelled with bacon rolls, spoke with pupils at the school about opportunities at a career fair.

The businesses were also given a tour of the school and four businesses – Dolce Vita, Bruce Low Hair, Neil McGougan (joiner and building contractor), and Oban Airport – received an award from the school for helping pupils who needed additional support.

Aisling Clark, who runs the Pathways Programme at Oban High School, said: ‘The focus was on how they would support and nurture children who needed that bit of extra input – whether that was a hidden thing such as anxiety or autism, or a visible thing, or if they were shy and needed to build their confidence.’

Mrs Clark was also keen to get across that people ‘have to remember where they came from’.

‘Sometimes I say to people just remember what you were like in school,’ she added. ‘When you are in school you are just starting out – you are not fully formed.’

Oban High School’s head boy, Adam Hamill, said: ‘Oban High School is about making the person that comes here.’

He told the businesses: ‘You employing us offers a massive help to all the pupils here. Thank you so much. I say that as someone who got a job from the careers fair last year. It really prepares our youngsters for the world of work.’

Head teacher, Peter Bain said: ‘The purpose of the school is to get youngsters ready for life and work. The contribution of all our local business partners allows our youngsters to achieve a high level of success and take forward their careers.’