Opportunity for S3-S6 Girls: St Mary’s Cathedral are keen to raise awareness of careers within Stonemasonry amongst females. They are offering S3-S6 females the opportunity to spend a day at the workshop and discover a possible exciting career. During the day those attending will:

  • Learn the art of letter carving
  • Use the various tools used in Stonemasonry
  • Meet Erin (current female apprentice)
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions to Andrew Ramsay, Master Stonemason

Wednesday  8th March from 10am until 2pm. Lunch will be provided.

Those interested after the open day have the opportunity to participate in a work placement during May (or another date.)   If you are interested, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.

Under 16 Rugby: Could all U16 rugby players please attend training from 3.30 – 4.30 on the 3G on Tuesday 31st January? This is to prepare for the games for the cluster team.

Work Experience/ Leaving school opportunities: We are getting an increasing number of excellent opportunities for young people if you are interested in any of the following, pop into guidance and see if they are relevant for you; stonemasonry, Arnold Clark, media, construction or hospitality.

IBM are offering young people the opportunity to find out more about who IBM are and what a career with them looks like. Taking place on Monday 6th March from 1.30pm-4pm at their offices in Edinburgh, topics covered include:

o   100 years of IBM

o   Journey to an apprenticeship

o   Programming workshop

o   CV writing

         St Marys Cathedral are keen to showcase Stonemasonry as a career for S3-S6 females. Wednesday 8th March from 10am-2pm, S3-S6 females will have the opportunity to:

o   Learn the art of letter carving

o   Use the various tools used in stonemasonry

o   Meet Erin (current female apprentice)

o   Have the opportunity to ask questions to Andrew Ramsay, Master Stonemason

Arnold Clark/GTG invite young people to attend their training facility in Edinburgh on Thursday 9th March to promote the MA opportunities on offer. Aims of the session are:

o    Give young people an insight into careers in mechanics, vehicle body repair, vehicle spray paint, vehicle parts, business administration and customer service.

o   Meet current apprentices and speak with various companies that employ apprentices and find out more about what they have to offer

o   Receive a tour of the facilities

Blue Cliff Media  are offering an enterprise workshop within schools, designed for both S1-S3 and S4-S6 students.  The workshop is delivered by an entrepreneur who is keen to share insight and experience with young people.

Robertson Construction have posted the opportunity for young people to visit a live construction site within Edinburgh. Those attending will be given a full induction, site visit and a Q&A with the full site team.

Apex Hotel group  have offered a ‘Hospitality skills workshop’  on Thursday 16th March  from 1.30-3.30pm at their hotel in the Grassmarket. Specifically this session will cover:

o   What skills the hospitality sector is looking for from future candidates

o   The different opportunities available within Hotels and typical tasks within the roles

o   How to get in to hotels – Assessment Centres, Modern Apprenticeships, work experience

Further information relating to these opportunities can be found on Marketplace, www.myworkofworld.co.uk/marketplace.

For any further information about any of the above, please see Mr Ferguson or Miss Wright in the Guidance Base.

Careers Convention: The Careers Convention is on in the concourse from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday 31st January, open to all S1-6 and families. Great opportunity to meet colleges, universities and employers.

Hockey Club: All players must attend the meeting at break today in the drama studio. New members are very welcome.

S1-3 Film Club:  Film club starts back up again in F40 Wednesday lunchtimes, all welcome!

Balerno goes to the cinema: Balerno Village Screen is hosting a free screening of 80’s classic ‘The Breakfast Club’ for S4/5/6. Tickets are free (though we’d like to take donations for Jak’s Den at the door) but limited. A group of pupils will be coming around PSP classes over the next few weeks if you’d like to get one. The film is on Friday 24th February, St Joseph’s Hall, 7.30-9.30pm.