Careers Update

Please see the attached for information on the Scottish Space School 2016 Scottish Space School 2016. Can we ask students to let Guidance know if they are applying.

Please see the following link for Apprenticeship opportunities in Scotland: Apprenticeships in in Scotland

Oatridge Campus Schools Taster Day

Are you interested in working in the rural skills/land-based industries sector? Oatridge College is having a Taster Day on Thursday 18th February 2016 where students will get a hands-on experience of what the college has to offer.

If you are interested, see Ms Gillies in the Pupil Support Office for more information.

Workshop for those aspiring to study Medicine, Nursing or any other Health Science

The event will take place at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill Campus on 20 November 2015.   The event is free to attend, but requires registration.   The event begins at 4.10pm (doors open from 3.45pm) and will finish by 6.00pm.  Refreshments will be provided.

To register for this event, please follow this link –


Please see the following for a great Modern Apprenticeship Scheme for S4-6 students.

Student Leaders for the Gordonstoun International Summer School: Applications are now open for the above positions. The dates are 7/07/16 – 1/08/16 or 14/07/16 – 8/08/16. This is a residential position; all board and lodgings will be provided and a reasonable amount of laundry done. You will also receive £265 as an allowance.  Please see Lesley Gillies for more details if you are available and interested.

Please contact the following number for a Cleaning Job opportunity: 07701 075 698

Modern Apprentice Business Administration (HR) – this position is only open to young people aged between 16 and 19 years of age who reside in East Lothian.  Please see:

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Careers Adviser

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From Monday 29 July 2013 information about vacancies from the Careers Adviser will no longer be posted on the school website. You will now find them at You can also follow the Twitter feed #midandeast

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KPMG School Leaver Programme (Degree Level)

KPMG School Leavers’ Programme 2013


Our School Leavers’ Programme is a compelling alternative to pursuing a traditional university route. We’ve developed an innovative 6 year programme that offers the opportunity to get a job in our audit team, obtain an accounting degree at the University of Birmingham, and become a fully qualified chartered accountant with ICAS.

We pay a starting salary of £20k (in London). This could be your opportunity to be completely free of student debt because your university tuition and accommodation fees and your professional fees will be paid for by us.

Our Requirements

As a general rule, you’ll be expected to meet the following requirements:
– Minimum grade 2 in S Grade Maths
– Minimum grade 2 in S Grade English
– Minimum of 4 Highers totalling 320 UCAS Tariff Points

For more information go to:

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Scottish Government – Administration Modern Apprenticeship

This Modern Apprenticeship is based in Third Sector Division, 3-H South, Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ

 This is a high profile delivery area which provides an opportunity to work with a diverse and interesting range of stakeholders. It is also an area in which Ministers take keen interest.

For our Modern Apprenticeships, we wish to attract high quality candidates who have the

– potential to perform at this level

– ability and commitment to achieve all the outcomes of the apprenticeship including passing SVQ 2 in Business Administration

This position has an attractive starting salary of £15,792.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 20th June 2013.   CVs and covering letters to be emailed to

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Royal Bank of Scotland – Apprenticeships

Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship:

The programme lasts for 12 months.

No educational qualifications required

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

The programme lasts for 18 months.

Minimum of S Grade Maths and English at 3 or above. Would prefer applicants to have Highers

Please use the following link for more information and how to apply.

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Thomas Cook – Travel Services Apprenticeship

During the Apprenticeship scheme you’ll be gaining invaluable knowledge and experience every day, learning about the travel business and how it all comes together as you put your outgoing, friendly and results-focused personality to the test. This is an amazing opportunity for those with a passion for travel and commitment to ensuring customer satisfaction to a business that will recognise and reward your hard work and contribution with incredible career progress opportunities.

To get started, applicants need 5 Standard Grades at levels 1 or 2, preferably including maths and English. In return apprentices will receive an extensive range of discounts and travel deals, such as access to cheap late deals, employee reductions on holidays and great discounts on all the travel essentials.

For more information on the Thomas Cook Co-operative Travel Apprenticeship programme go to:

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NHS Lothian – Trainee Pharmacy Technician

NHS Lothian is looking for an enthusiastic motivated individual to train to become a pharmacy technician.

Entry Requirements:
Four Standard Grades at level 1/2 or above or equivalent. These should include English; Mathematics; Chemistry and Biology.

Training: Trainee will work towards SVQ Level 3 Pharmacy Services. Training will be provided in the work place and by attendance on day release at Edinburgh College.

Apply: To request an application pack email your name address and job ref number: PHA/NHSL/2013/14/012 to or Tel: 0131 536 3030(24hrs

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Horticulture Modern Apprenticeship – The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (Edinburgh Zoo)

The modern apprenticeship is open to 16-19 year olds (for those with dates of birth between 1 July 1994 and 30 June 1997) and offers a full time work programme of learning and qualifications.

Training: You will work towards a Modern Apprenticeship, which includes studying for an SVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture at Oatridge College. This will be on a day release basis. You will also be taken through additional practical qualifications e.g. machinery operation and first aid training. RZSS Apprentices are also required to complete a diary of work carried out at Edinburgh Zoo and complete some practical based garden projects, in both years 1 and 2.


Year 1: £5,850

Year 2: £7,140

You will be provided with protective clothing and any safety equipment required for the work you are doing.

Progression: On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to extend your training period for an additional two years to undertake an SVQ Level 3 horticultural qualification

Closing date for applications is Monday 3rd June 2013

For full information of the apprenticeship and how to apply for the position, please email with a note of interest and follow the instructions which will be emailed to you.

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Trainee Engineering Technician

David Narro Associates is a Structural and Civil Engineering Consultancy based in Edinburgh and they are looking for an enthusiastic Trainee Engineering Technician to join a team of Structural Engineering CAD Technicians in their busy Edinburgh office.


You will receive on the job training in Computer Aided Draughting using 2D and 3D draughting software packages to allow you to produce structural detailed drawings for projects. Training will also include working towards an HNC/D in Civil engineering on a day release basis.

Entry requirements:

2 Highers ideally in Maths and a science related subject

S Grade or Higher Graphic Communication

Applicants should have an interest in IT and engineering, good communication skills and a desire to learn.

Applications should be made through and should include a short covering letter explaining why you consider yourself to be a good candidate for this job.

Closing date: 31 May 2013

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