Ellon Academy learn about new female energy course

Becca Kelman of Ellon Academy
Becca Kelman of Ellon Academy
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Ellon Academy was among one of the schools at the launch of an Energy course for women recently.

The launch by North East Scotland College Skills for Work, was attended by over 80 female pupils from Academies across the North-east at the Fraserburgh Campus.

College Principal, Rob Wallen, said: ” I can think of no better way to promote and celebrate National Women in Engineering Day than welcoming our 14/15 class, many of whom will become our engineers of tomorrow.

“This course will provide these young women with a taste of what it is to work in this dynamic sector and the varied career paths on offer as well as a valued National 5 qualification upon completion.”

The all-female energy course is open to pupils aged 14 to 17. Entry to the year-long course is competitive with applicants interviewed before they are offered a place. This year the participating schools include Banff, Ellon, Hazelhead, The Gordon Schools - Huntly, Meldrum, Mintlaw, Peterhead and Turriff.

During the course the class will visit businesses - allowing them to see how the skills they are learning will relate to the real jobs available in the industry.

Former energy student Jillian Sime, who now works as an apprentice, said: “You gain experiences that you don’t get with any other class at school. I’ve met new and interesting people and seen examples of engineering and technology in action.”