Education and industry in partnership

ARCADION and Aboyne Academy have been forging a strong and mutually beneficial partnership
ARCADION and Aboyne Academy have been forging a strong and mutually beneficial partnership

Over the past three years offshore accommodation specialist ARCADION and Aboyne Academy have been forging a strong and mutually beneficial partnership.

The fact that distance separates ARCADION, based in Dyce, from Aboyne Academy’s location in upper Deeside has not been a hindrance to the links between the two organisations.

A strong commitment and desire to have a sustainable relationship was agreed by the school and the company at the outset and this has only strengthened since initial meetings back in 2012.

Commenting on the success of the partnership ARCADION Technical Director Clive Gregory said: “In order to ensure we have the skills needed by local business to grow our economy, connecting our schools to jobs in the market is key. The more we can grow our own skill base, the more wealth we retain in the region. From our initial introduction ARCADION and Aboyne Academy have established a formal Partnership Charter and have built a strong two-way relationship between the business and the school.”

Raymond Jowett, Rector at Aboyne Academy, is equally enthusiastic and has been delighted to see a wide range of opportunities for pupils and staff resulting from joint work with ARCADION.

He said: “Working with ARCADION has enabled pupils to have experiences that would otherwise not have been possible. The positive way in which staff from the company have engaged with pupils has enabled several faculties in the school to give pupils unique real life opportunities and insight to the world of work and industry.

“Some examples of this include involving pupils in helping ARCADION design their stands for Offshore Europe 2013 and 2015, enhancing the range of annual achievement awards for pupils, helping pupils to prepare for job applications and interviews, supporting enterprise education and providing unique project design challenges to classes in our Art, Design and Technology Faculty. This greatly supports the school in delivering the evolving Curriculum for Excellence programme. In addition the provision of some additional resources to the school has also been of great benefit to us”.