Toon pupils get inspired at brunch event

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Young people from nine Aberdeenshire schools, including Peterhead Academy, had the opportunity to engage with local businesses at the Beach Ballroom earlier this month.

S3-S6 students from Peterhead joined with Meldrum Academy, Mearns Academy, Westhill Academy, Portlethen Academy, Mackie Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Banff Academy and Turriff Academy to hear from a range of business leaders who view language skills as key to the growth and success of their company.

The Business Brunch demonstrated the relevance of language skills in a work context and aimed to encourage pupils to continue with their language studies into the senior phase of their secondary education, and beyond school.

Most importantly, it gives young people the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the variety of careers and employment opportunities that are open to people who can demonstrate language skills on their CV.

A teacher attending said: “The event was very informative, provided usable information and generated excitement about language learning.

“We had the opportunity to ask questions directly of people in the industry.”

One of the young people added: “The Brunch has really helped me with my subject choices.

“The event was very enjoyable and I recommend it to anyone who is still undecided about further language study. It really explained how important it is to learn a language.”

Meryl James and Janette Kelso, part of the team behind the event, said: “Languages improve your overall being.

“They help with formation of synapses in your brain and increase its overall capacity to function; it’s a workout for your brain really.

“Research from Edinburgh University shows the risk of developing dementia is greatly reduced if you study a language.”

The event was organised by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages in partnership with the University Council for Modern Languages (UCML) Scotland.

Fhiona Fisher, director of SCILT said: “Events such as these are a really important way of providing young people with high quality careers advice delivered.”