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Careers Convention - Thurso 2nd March

2nd March 2011


People living in Caithness are being offered expert advice and information on taking the next step in their careers.

The Careers Convention will be held on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 at Thurso High School, Ormlie Road, Thurso from 6.00 pm - 8.30pm and will offer people of all age's comprehensive information on careers, employment, training and education.

The event, organised by Skills Development Scotland in Thurso, will bring universities, colleges, training providers and employers all under one roof.

More than 40 organisations and businesses will be at the event which will run from 6.00pm until 8.30pm. Pupils from Wick, Thurso and Farr High Schools are expected to attend, as well as people from the wider community who are looking for advice and support.

Each exhibitor will have their own display area and attendees will be free to visit as many organisations as they want, talk to their representatives and take home information. A wide range of courses, jobs and training opportunities will be represented across many sectors including the armed services, NHS careers, local apprenticeships, hospitality, opticians, plumbing, vets, volunteering and many more.

All fourth, fifth and sixth-year pupils in the area will receive a Workbook to help them prepare and make the most of the Careers Convention.

Skills Development Scotland advisers will also be on hand to provide impartial careers information, as well as information on the wide range of career planning services that Skills Development Scotland can offer to help individuals achieve their career goals and aspirations. Visitors can make a follow up appointment with an adviser in the Caithness area.

To find out more visit or contact Maureen Whale at Thurso Careers Center on 01847 896115.

Skills Development Scotland
Wanting to find out general information about the careers represented courses available and entry qualifications?
Feeling stuck and don't know where to start?
Wanting to follow up on any information gained?
Wanting to arrange a careers appointment?

Student Finance
Students Awards Agency in Scotland - SAAS. For help with Higher Education (HNC, HND, degree and postgraduate) funding queries.

Scottish Qualification Authority - SQA. For pupils, parents, teachers and employers

Careers in NHS - representatives from
Speech and language
Nursing, community nursing and midwifery, mental health
Pharmacists and laboratory work
Dietetics and infection control
Practice & education facilitator
Smoking cessation

Careers In Law - discuss careers in law: solicitors, legal cashiers, legal secretary and Registered Paralegal - Highland Law Practice, Wick

Opticians - discuss careers and training

Johnson Controls - discuss career opportunities and apprenticeships

Universities and Colleges
University of Aberdeen
University of Abertay
Herriot-Watt University
University of St Andrews
University of Stirling
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh College of Art
Queen Margaret University
Edinburgh Napier University
Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
Inverness College UHI
North Highland College
Scottish Agricultural College
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama


Construction Skills - discuss the many careers in the construction industry
Capita Resourcing - recruitment in Caithness
JGC Engineering & Technical Services - discuss careers and opportunities
Royal Air Force
Springboard - careers in hospitality, tourism and leisure
Vets - discuss careers and training
Rolls Royce - discuss career options with company representatives
Volunteering Opportunities in Caithness which include:
Thurso Boys Brigade
Thurso Town Improvements
Girl Guides
KWK9 Dog Rescue
Rape & Abuse Helpline
Caithness Young Carers
Northern Loops
Crossroads Care
Chest Heart & Stroke
Citizens Advise
Playgroup CALA
Key Housing
LEAD Scotland


DSRL - information on engineering apprenticeships
The Highland Council Employability Service
Careers Marine Renewable Energy Industry - ERI/Crown Estates
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
Plumbing - SNIPEF - Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation Opticians - discuss careers and training
Pentland Housing - career opportunities in the housing sector

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