Secondary pupils to get creative session

Fraserburgh Academy.
Fraserburgh Academy.

Secondary pupils across Aberdeenshire are being given the chance to explore an exciting range of job options in the creative industries.

Pupils will be able to meet artists and designers, have a go at using cutting-edge technology and come up with their own artistic ideas in the Creative Edge Market Place events next month.

The Creative Edge project aims to support and inspire young people to develop their entrepreneurial skills for life and help them understand the jobs available in the creative industry sector. The scheme is being supported through Aberdeenshire Council’s creative placemaking programme Be Part of the Picture and focuses on developing the creative sector’s skills and contribution to the local economy.

Around 9,000 people are employed in the creative industries in Aberdeenshire and City alone, and the national turnover of creative industries is approximately £5.1 billion per annum. The special Creative Edge events will be hosted at Turriff Academy (3 March), Peterhead Academy (4 March), Banff Academy (5 March) and Fraserburgh Academy (6 March).

Artists and designers will spend time with pupils to show them the wide range of options available for a career in the creative industry sector.

Pupils will have the chance to try out the latest technologies including a 3D printer, Rayjet Laser Engraver, vinyl cutting machine and heat press, digital embroidery machine and desktop electronics suite.

Two fully-trained designers from MAKLab, Scotland’s first open access digital fabrication studio, will be on hand to explain the technologies and demonstrate a range of techniques to pupils.

Open evenings will be held for parents who want to find out more about the creative jobs being explored by the schools.

Over 180 pupils have already contributed to the project, working with the council’s Arts Team to identify which creative areas they were interested in. Pupils expressed interest in meeting people involved in architecture, arts, crafts, design, fashion, film, video and photography, software, computer games and electronic publishing, music and the visual and performing arts.

Pupils will produce film and audio material of the Creative Edge events, and an additional 80 pupils will work with a creative mentor which will contribute towards their personal record of achievement.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “We already know that Aberdeenshire’s young people are full of creativity and this is a fantastic way for them to explore the further learning and career opportunities available to them.

“This is a practical, hands on project with opportunities for pupils to experience the work of creative businesses and speak to the people working in the exciting and creative sector.”

Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, said: “Design and artistry skills shine through all parts of Aberdeenshire’s communities and I commend this project for engaging with our next generation of workers.

“All employers, whether in oil and gas, fisheries, agriculture, tourism or health care and education need technically skilled people who can solve problems and come up with creative solutions.”

The Fraserburgh session is set to take place at Fraserburgh Academy this evening, March 6, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.