An inspirational adventurer told more than 70 pupils from schools across Aberdeen City and Shire that there are no limits when it comes to achieving what they would like to do in life when they attended the launch event for the 2014 Career Academies UK programme held at AFC’s Pittodrie Stadium.
Polar explorer Craig Mathieson shared his experiences with S5 pupils from 11 schools across the region who have been chosen to take part in the business-supported Careers Academies mentoring programme.
The programme has already helped thousands of school children across the UK bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work through a structured two-year programme.
Piloted last year in the North-east with five schools and with support from BP - national supporters of the Career Academies UK programme - the initial aim was to raise awareness of career opportunities in the oil and gas sector among pupils studying the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.
Over the course of the two years, the pupils benefit from mentoring, motivational lectures and workshops as well as a five-week paid internship.
Last year, more than 22 businesses took part in the Career Academies programme along with pupils from Peterhead, Gordon Schools in Huntly; Portlethen; Oldmachar; and Kincorth academies.
The programme has been so successful that 39 companies have now signed up to support the programme.