Mackie DYW News February 2020

DYW News February 2020

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Senior Phase Pathways evening on the 10th of February. There was a fantastic turnout from pupils and parents and feedback from attendees has been very positive. These events wouldn’t be a success without engagement from the wider school community, partners, industry representatives and education providers. We were very excited to sign off on our new flagship employer partnership with Subsea 7. Subsea 7 have already been doing some work with our ADT Faculty and we are looking forward to seeing the different ways we can work together going forward.


Senior Pupils have just finished making their Senior Phase Choices for the upcoming 20/21 school year. There has been a lot of interest in Foundation Apprenticeships and we expect to be able to run most of those the pupils have selected locally through the Aberdeenshire Council Consortium. Further information about Foundation Apprenticeships can be found here or pupils can speak to Mrs Angel to find out more.

The S3 Employability class had a fantastic workshop input from Jordan and Lindsay from the Bank of Scotland. Pupils undertook a mock interview session and were able to ask questions and have some myths busted about careers in Finance and Banking. Jordan is an ex-Mackie pupil and it was great to be able to welcome him back to the school so he could tell current pupils his experience of the pathway he took into his successful career and the opportunities available to young people in this sector.

As part of our STEM programme, the Geography department is undertaking a DYW exercise with Primary 4 and 5 pupils from Dunnottar Primary in researching careers in Geology.  We will be doing more work soon with our cluster Primary Schools as part of their pupils’ transition into S1 at Mackie Academy – more news soon!

Coming soon

On the 1st and 2nd of April we have our S1 & S2 Pathways days. Pupils will have the opportunity to get an insight into future Career Pathways. These inputs will be focused around the Opportunity North East priority sectors and pupils will have interactive workshops delivered by representatives from the University of Aberdeen, Springboard, the Army and others. Parents of S1 & S2 pupils will receive more information soon and there will be pupil assemblies before the event to explain more to pupils.

Upcoming Events

Accountancy & Finance event – The University of Aberdeen would like to invite pupils interested in studying Accountancy/Finance to attend a visit to the Shell office in Aberdeen.  The event is open to S4 to S6 pupils who are interested in studying Accountancy and Finance related subjects at University. The event will take place on the 18th March 2020 at the Shell Office, Shell UK Limited, 1 Altens Farm Road, Nigg, Aberdeen, AB12 3FY.  The visit will start at 9.30am and is anticipated to finish around 1.30pm.  It is an opportunity to gain an insight of the working of an accountancy and business advisory firm, to learn more about finance in offshore project, accountancy and finance education and a tour of the office.  The event will finish with lunch and a Q&A session. To book please email Emily Hoey, Reach Project Officer at

Youth Recruitment Event – There is a Youth Recruitment Event on the 26th March at the Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen. From 1330-1800 (quiet session for ASL pupils runs from 1300-1330). Meet a variety of employees and training providers with live opportunities!

Legal Study and Careers Event – The Law Society are hosting a Legal Study and Careers event at The University of Aberdeen, on Thursday 26 March from 10am until 3.30pm for S4/5 pupils who are interested in studying law and a career in the legal profession. There are still a few places available and it’s a fantastic event for pupils to attend at which they are provided the opportunity to hear from and speak to law students, trainee solicitors and fully qualified solicitors.

Opportunities and Vacancies

AAT Bursaries – The AAT are delighted to announce that they’ll be giving students the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to study for an AAT qualification, with all costs covered by them.  Students will need to apply via their dedicated Bursary website, applications will close on Friday 10 April. Apply here

CITB Apprenticeships  – The latest vacancies can be found here

University of Glasgow Graduate Apprenticeships – Glasgow’s Software Engineering GA degree programme has been designed in partnership with industry and draws upon global research on work-based learning best practice.

Importantly, their employer partners are recruiting now and the window for students to apply for 2020 extends into the Summer. Barclays alone are recruiting 47 Tech GAs and other big name and exciting tech companies are coming online soon. You can view more information here

To highlight a few benefits:

  • Graduate Apprentices benefit from a job, a salary (starting salary circa £15k) and a degree (Software Engineering BSc Hons) at the same time.
  • Applicants apply directly to the employers therefore not impacting UCAS submissions.
  • The degree course is funded by Skills Development Scotland.
  • The GA is 4 years with the time split between the employer and the university.
  • The apprentices have a strong on campus university experience through our block learning programme in years 1 and 2
  • There are options to specialise in Data Science, Cyber Security, or Systems Engineering in years 3 and 4

The GA also allows some flexibility on entry requirements accepting B’s rather than our straight A norm. This really opens the opportunity for more students to attain a Russell Group University degree and consider options beyond a traditional route. It is a great option for students for whom Maths, Sciences and ICT related subjects are their strong point.

Opportunities for All newsletter – The latest newsletter can be viewed here. Amongst other opportunities there are Modern Apprenticeships available in HR and a 4 week Construction course at Aberdeen Foyer.

Oil and Gas Technical Apprenticeship Programme (OGTAP) – Recruitment for the 2020 intake is now open.  Please note the closing date for applications is Monday, March 16th at 4pm.  The application process has been updated for 2020, please make sure you read the instructions before completing each section. Apply here.

For further information on any of these opportunities, please contact or pupils can come and see me in school.