Thirty Moray school pupils will form the vanguard of around 300 from throughout the region who are to benefit form a national career initiative being promoted by Diageo in partnership with local businesses.
The leading whisky firm has joined with Career Academics UK and Moray Council in launching the ‘Learning for Life’ programme and are now appealing to other local employers to sign up and support the initiative.
Career Academics UK is a business-led charity that brings together employers and schools in an effort to transform career opportunities and life chances for young people throughout the UK.
Already around 2700 pupils have been assisted through 180 career academy programmes including those undertaken in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Now for the first time the initiative is being introduced in Moray where with the support of Diageo 320 pupils from eight schools in the region are taking part in the programme.
S5 and S6 pupils will take part in a structured two-year programme aimed at raising their aspirations and supporting them in making career choices through mentoring, motivational lectures, workshops and a four-week paid internship with a participating business.
The first 30 pupils taking part attend Speyside, Elgin and Lossiemouth High Schools with a further five Moray schools scheduled to take part in the second and third years of the partnership.