Portlethen engineering

A project working to help young people make the transition from the classroom to the wider world has been boosted thanks to a leading local engineering firm.

The award-winning Findon-based AMC Engineering Ltd has been announced as the sponsor of Gear Up 2 Go, a new project conceived in the Portlethen school network which helps equip young people with the skills they need to take the step from school into work, training or further education.

The programme will run for a total of 36 hours within the school day and will be facilitated by Aberdeenshire Council Community Learning and Development. Input will include the likes of Skills Development Scotland, employers and training providers, and participants will be rewarded with a certificate of achievement on completion of the programme.

Lynn Buchan, Senior Community Learning and Development Worker, explained: “Gear Up 2 Go is in direct response to the challenges young people find when faced with entering the increasingly competitive or saturated job, training and education market.

“Sitting within the Scottish Government’s ‘More Choices More Chances’ strategy, it is anticipated that the early intervention nature of the work will offer participants an opportunity to learn skills prior to breaking links with school and being affected by the potential isolation this transition can cause. Pupils in the S4, 5 and 6 year groups will be invited to take part and contribute.”

AMC Engineering Ltd managing director Andrew Polson said: “We have a long history of employing school leavers, including those from the local area, because we believe in training and investing in the future, so Gear Up 2 Go is an ideal project for us to support and we are delighted to do so. We are also grateful to local community councillor Kevin Fraser for introducing us to this excellent project.

“This year has been a very busy one for the company, so we are pleased to be giving something back to the community in recognition of this momentous year.”