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M&G Plc Apprenticeships Insights Event – Edinburgh, 14 November 2019

M&G Plc Apprenticeship Insights Event, 14 Nov 2019, from 16:00 – 18:00 at Cornerstone building 60 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB

This event is open to any Standard, Highers and BITEC students (current or previous) who are looking to find out more about our school leaver programmes. Parents, Teachers and Careers Advisors are also welcome at this event. You will have the opportunity to find out more about our apprenticeships opportunities and meet current and former Apprentices and their Managers.

More details and registration here

A guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland

Some useful information.

Thinking of working or studying in the UK or Ireland? You may be
interested in the answer to one or more of these questions.
n What do they call the qualification which compares most closely
with mine?
Will I get some recognition for the qualifications I have?
What kind of job or course can I apply for with my current qualification?


Scotland’s Rural College Open Days

Edinburgh open days
Edinburgh Campus Open Days generally start at the arrival time indicated, so unless it specifies that it is a drop-in event, please ensure that you arrive at campus in good time for the start. Our Open Days give you an opportunity to find out more about our courses, speak to lecturing staff, and take a look around the campus.

Forthcoming Open Days are as follows – please book your place by following the links. If you are not able to attend on any of these dates, contact us either by phone on 0800 269 453 or by emailing to arrange a visit.

Open Days at SRUC Edinburgh
Open Afternoon: Wednesday 13 November 2019, 2pm (ends around 4:30pm)
Open Evening: Wednesday 27 May 2020, 5pm start (ends around 6:30pm)
Open Evening: Wednesday 27 May 2020, 6pm start (ends around 7:30pm)

More details here

S6 29 October 2019

Time to be a STAR!

Find out what it’s all about here
CV and Cover Letter

Preparing for Interviews

28 October session
Using the STAR resources above complete the following questions as fully as possible. Be creative, think about school, work experience, outside interests/hobbies, volunteering etc to illustrate your examples. Include as much detail as you can and help each if you get stuck but don’t sit and talk for an hour! If you do this, you will have a script to work from for interviews and these are the hardest questions to answer so work hard at this. Remember, completing a task in a given timescale is an important work skill!

Get your language sorted here

Some helpful suggestions from BBC Bitesize
Here are some examples

If you can haggle a brilliant bargain, or persuade people that something’s worth doing – that’s negotiating
If you’re the decision maker, everyone follows your lead, AND you can keep them motivated – that’s leadership
If you’re the go-to person to sort a tricky issue, then you’re a natural at problem solving
If you work well with others – whether it’s on a sports team or a project with others – that’s teamwork
If you can fit a lot into a day or love a to-do list – that’s time management
If you are the one that always comes up with imaginative solutions – that’s creativity.
These are all skills employers love! You just have to describe them in the right way. Focus on the skills you have, shout about them, and they could help you get your dream job.