Fantastic success at Oban High School business breakfast

Jack Anderson from Openreach talking to senior pupils MD_T26_careersday01

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More than 30 businesses and organisations including The Oban Times attended a recent careers fair at Oban High School.

This was the first time since 2019 that the event, as well as a business breakfast, could be held to encourage the next generation of workers.

Former pupil Callum Garvin working the MacLeod
Construction stall. Photograph: Megan Day
Rebecca Benson, Ellie MacInnes and Hannah Benson helping at the careers fair and business breakfast. Photograph: Megan Day
A stall from Scottish Sea Farms. Photograph: Megan Day

Stalls were set up around the main sports hall from businesses such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lidl as well as Kilmartin Museum, to name a few.

Each school year group was allocated a time slot to look around the stalls and talk to  business representatives.

Mairi Coleman from MacLeod Construction, an employer partnership for the school’s foundation apprenticeship programme, said: ‘An event like this is really important to showcase what jobs are on offer. There are so many jobs for young people in the local area that they can get, and they don’t have to go away for studying and training.’

One OHS pupil said  the event was particularly important because: ‘It brought businesses closer to the pupils and closer to the school.’

Headteacher Peter Bain said: ‘Our business engagement day has been a fantastic success. The number of our local businesses and local organisations that have come together to support our school and our young people has been fantastic.’

And Aisling Clark, principal teacher of developing young workforce, who organised the career fair, said: ‘It has been really good having people into the building again after Covid-19 and we hope that we are never in that position again. We want to be open to partnership working and want to be open to work with employers because that’s the best for our children and the best for the future of our town.’