Wider Opportunities Courses – Application Process

Wider Opportunities Courses – Application Process
The Application process has been clarified and finalised.

Foundation Apprenticeships

All students for the following Foundation Apprenticeship Courses run by ELC must complete an application form found in the Guidance room .
• Foundation Apprenticeship – Scientific Technologies (light pink)
• Foundation Apprenticeship – Financial Services (light yellow)
• Foundation Apprenticeship – Social Services Children & Young People (light green)

There is just one application form that covers all the offers at the CAT Centre i.e. Construction (light blue form) –
• Civil Engineering FA
• F/T Construction Crafts Level 5
• SCP Construction Crafts Level 5 (Tues and Thur pm)
There is a tick box next to each offer, pupils just need to tick the one they wish to apply for.

All applications for CAT (Construction Centre) and Foundation Apprenticeships to be returned to the Guidance Teacher by Friday 23rd March

East Lothian Works Courses
Students who wish to apply for the East Lothian Works courses beginning in June 2018 should ensure that their Guidance Teacher should know which course they would like to apply for by Friday 23rd March.
Guidance teachers will complete a referral form for them.


Students who wish to apply for Land based courses within the Wider Opportunities brochure being delivered by SRUC should ensure that their Guidance Teacher should know which course they would like to apply for by Friday 23rd March.
Guidance teachers will complete a referral form for them.

Edinburgh College

All Courses at Edinburgh College – Students only apply for courses at Milton Road or Midlothian Campuses.
Students should ensure that their Guidance Teacher knows which course they would like to apply for.
All courses must be applied to via the online application form. Deadline is Monday 26th March. Students will be given an appointment for Tuesday 20th March or Thursday 22nd March
Any student with Additional Support Needs will be supported by their Guidance teacher to complete the form.

Tots and Teens

Application form in Guidance room to be completed by the S2 student and returned to Yvonne Binks by Friday 23rd March.

Borders College ‘Code Club’

Borders College is excited to announce a brand new ‘Code Club’, running from 3-6 April during the Easter break, for young people aged 12-14 years.
Full details on the course can be found on our website at http://www.borderscollege.ac.uk/find-a-course/code-club

Do you want to help run an internationally recognised sports event in 2018?

IRONKIDS Edinburgh is a series of running events for children aged 3-15 years being held in East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh on June 29th and June 30th 2018.

IRONKIDS Edinburgh is part of The Year of Young People 2018 event programme, and is being organised in conjunction with IRONMAN 70.3 Edinburgh, the legendary endurance, multisport race of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run which returns to the capital on Sunday 01 July 2018. With support from The Year of Young people we are excited to extend IRONMAN Edinburgh 70.3 to include running events specifically for children and young people.

IRONKIDS is part of a global series that every year has over 50,000 kids aged 3-15 years running races that are a distance of between 500m and 2000m. We need your support to make sure that IRONKIDS Edinburgh is the best event on the world circuit! We want to see 1000 kids taking part in each of the race venues in Prestonpans, Dalkeith Country Park and Holyrood Park and we are looking for a team of young volunteers (aged 8-26 years) to make it happen.

Volunteering roles include:

Event management
• Event managers – help us plan and deliver an IRONKIDS event
• Logistics – see what it is like behind the scenes of a large sporting event and help us make sure that it runs smoothly
• Course design and event arena design – support organisers in designing each of the courses and arena layouts, learn about risk assessment and athlete safety
• Organise and run entertainment programmes and sport taster sessions at each of the events. Make your event special, who and what will you plan to showcase your local area? We’ll give you a budget to make this happen!

Communication and marketing
• Marketing support – support the marketing effort from print design and distribution to sourcing cost effective advertising opportunities
• Social media – put together a social media strategy and activate it to promote and support the events. Learn from social media experts
• Event media relations – assisting with our media campaign and help us to engage local and national media

Race day
• Race commentary, announcements and playlists
• Organise spectator teams to support young runners
• Course marshaling
• Help with registration and signposting

Volunteering with IRONKIDS is a great opportunity for you to learn new skills, boost your CV, build volunteer hours and to learn from industry specialists in sports event management, media and marketing and sports development/participation. If you want to be the driving force that shapes, develops and implements the IRONKIDS Edinburgh 70.3 events or if you would like to find out more please contact: ironkidsedinburgh@gmail.com

Italy Ski Trip 2019

Meetings will be held in the assembly hall on Thursday 8th March at break time and again at lunch time.

Come along for a presentation on next year’s ski trip, and to receive an information letter.  The ski trip is open to all students, regardless of ski experience or ability.

If you can’t make either of the meetings, and are interested in this trip, then please see Mr Kidd or Mr Thomas for more information.


Open Doors Week 2018 – Get Into Construction

CITB are now taking bookings for Open Doors – Get Into Construction week which will take place from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th March 2018.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in a career in construction or just to find out what goes into renovating or building something from scratch and ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask.

There are 3 construction sites in the Edinburgh and East Lothian area opening their doors to the public and they are:
• ISG – Market Street, Edinburgh – 21st and 22nd March – Anyone aged over 18 can attend – Creation of a new 4 star, 98 room design hotel from an underused site which has remained vacant for more than 50 years;
• Keir Group plc – Edinburgh College of Art – 21st and 22nd March – Anyone aged over 16 can attend – refurbishment of external and interior Category A listed building; and
• Galliford Try – East Lothian Community Hospital – 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd March – Anyone aged over 14 can attend – building of new community hospital.

It’s free to register and attend these events but places are limited so book now at the aforementioned link to avoid disappointment.

Ernst and Young

EY Open Evening – 21st March, 6:30pm – 8pm (All year groups, parents & teachers)
• Opportunity to find out more about EY, what we do and programmes available during and after school
• Drinks/ nibbles provided
• Secure your place by registering your interest in the events section on our website: https://ukcareers.ey.com/schools/

Business Academy – 23-30th July, (5th years only)
• Work experience programme for 5th Years
• 23-30th July 2018
• One-week, paid work experience programme
• Offers on-the-job experience as well as skills session
• Students need to be studying towards 5x Highers
• 7x spaces in Edinburgh
• Offers fast-track to our Business Apprenticeship in Sept 2019
• Apply online: https://ukcareers.ey.com/schools/

Oxford Explained: Oxford University to visit North Berwick

Young students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet staff from Oxford University next month when they host a special event in North Berwick that aims to demystify and explain the application process for Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The ‘Oxford Explained’ presentation, to be held at North Berwick High School on 13 March, covers all aspects of student life and the admissions process for Oxford including course choice, the college system, tutorial teaching, admissions tests and interviews.

The event aims to leave students feeling much better informed about what applying to and studying at Oxford would involve, as well as aiming to break down any misconceptions about Oxford that may deter students from making an application. The session will be delivered by Oxford Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office staff and it is hoped that it will be supported by current students who will share their experiences. The session is targeted at students in S5, but can also be helpful for younger year groups considering Oxford. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

Oxford Explained and Student Life will be on Tuesday 13 March from 6.30pm to 8pm at North Berwick High School. Places can be reserved by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk
Councillor Brian Small is going to open the event. He has also offered to personally fund the transport for any pupils who successfully gain a place on the summer internship program. Accommodation and all other costs are covered by Oxford. Details of the internship will be covered on the night.

Clark Contracts Careers Evening

Please find attached a flyer regarding Clark Contracts careers evenings which are taking place on 20th in Paisley and 22nd March in Edinburgh. They have also uploaded a press release with the details of the event to their website: https://clarkcontracts.com/article/careers-evenings-being-held-by-clark-contracts/

The event is for anyone interested in a trade apprenticeship, traineeship, graduate position or work experience in the construction industry.

Sutton Trust Summer School – Applications Open

Applications for the Sutton Trust Summer School 2018 are now open!

Applications close on the Thursday 8 March 2018 at 5pm. All teacher verifications must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 15 March 2018.

Applications can be made through the Sutton Trust website which can be found here; https://summerschools.suttontrust.com/how-to-apply/

The University of St Andrews is one of ten UK universities which facilitates the Sutton Trust Summer School: a unique summer programme for S5 pupils, provided free of charge. As a participant, pupils will gain an insight into life as a first-year undergraduate through attending academic subject strands taught by leading experts. Subject strands often combine two or more areas, allowing pupils the chance to explore a range of possible courses and develop key academic skills before committing to university study. Pupils will also receive valuable advice on making UCAS applications, as well as on finance, careers and accommodation options.

Further information can be found in the Sutton Trust Leaflet – October 2017_DU31651