Preparing pupils for world of work

Pictured are Aboyne Academy rector, Raymond Jowett, front left, and Arcadion technical director Clive Gregory with pupils, staff and company representatives at the signing.
Pictured are Aboyne Academy rector, Raymond Jowett, front left, and Arcadion technical director Clive Gregory with pupils, staff and company representatives at the signing.

the offshore and marine accommodation specialist engineering business Arcadion has signed a groundbreaking partnership charter with Aboyne Academy to mark the start of a programme that will deliver practical and commercial skills to all 660 pupils throughout their school careers as they prepare for the world of work.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the company’s technical director, Clive Gregory said: “The partnership charter we have put in place is an expression of our commitment to the pupils of Aboyne Academy and our belief we can give them a better practical understanding of the skills needed in the engineering and design industry.

It is an exciting opportunity for us to add value to the next generation of talent.”

Aboyne Academy Rector, Raymond Jowett, described the partnership charter with the company as “something new, unique, quite different and very welcome”.

The company has already begun its programme of engagements with Aboyne Academy holding a half day session on Tuesday, October 9 with 28 pupils studying engineering and science in S3.

Seven company representatives helped the students plan and deliver a project presentation.

In addition the company participated in the all-school sponsored walk at the end of September, and will be providing festive food with the pupils at the Aboyne Academy Christmas Fair on December 1.

Arcadion designs, installs and refurbishes accommodation and commercial catering facilities specialising in marine and offshore accommodation.

Under the partnership charter with Aboyne Academy a committee will be established which will include staff, teachers and pupils from the school to oversee the activities of the charter.

The company says it will develop a series of awards to recognise achievement in a number of areas including in the fields of design and technology, business management and environmental awareness.