Local pupils speak to local business leaders

Mackie Academy
Mackie Academy

Three Mearns Academies had the opportunity to hear from local business leaders at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom earlier this month.

Students from Mackie, Mearns and Portlethen Academies, alongside S3 to S6 pupils from six other Aberdeenshire schools, heard from a range of business leaders who view language skills as the key to the growth and success of their companies.

The business brunch demonstrated the relevance of language skills in a work context and aimed to encourage pupils to continue with their language studies into the senior phase of their secondary education, and beyond school.

One of the young people who attended the event said: “The Brunch has really helped me with my subject choices. The event was very enjoyable and I recommend it to anyone who is still undecided about further language study.

“It really explained how important it is to learn a language.”

The event was organised by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages in partnership with the University Council for Modern Languages (UCML) Scotland. Companies attending included Visit Scotland, Chester Hotel Aberdeen and TOTAL E&P UK LTD.