STEM Online Mentoring Scheme

Run by the STEM Ambassador Programme and Brightside Mentoring we are launching the second national online mentoring scheme.

Designed to help young people explore their future career options in STEM, a six-week mentoring programme is open to 14 – 16 year olds with a 10-week programme for 16 – 18 year olds.

For those across S3 & S4, young people will have the opportunity to focus on career insights and chat to trained STEM Ambassadors via a secure and moderated online messaging system. Those in S5 & S6 will be mentored on ‘life after school’ – whether that’s Higher Education, Apprenticeships or preparing for employment.

Those taking part will receive:

One to one support and inspiration from a DBS or PVG checked STEM Ambassador
Training on how to use the secure and moderated messaging system
Support and resources to help them make informed decisions about their future.
All young people from across the UK are invited to apply, and there is no limit on the number of mentees being able to access the programme from any one school or college. Cohort start and end dates are outlined below: –

Cohort 2: S3 & S4, to run 24th Jan – 4th Mar (6 weeks) – OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Cohort 3: S5 & S6, to run 24th Jan – 1st April (10 weeks) – OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Cohort 4: S5 & S6, to run 4th April – 10th June.

Young people interested should speak to either myself or their Guidance teacher.

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Parents / Carers – Foundation Apprenticeship Information Session

Foundation Apprenticeship Information Session Tuesday 14 December 7 to 8 p.m.

Skills Development Scotland and the National Parent Forum Scotland are arranging a session on Foundation Apprenticeships for parents and carers on Tuesday 14th December from 7pm-8pm.


This session gives the opportunity to find out about Foundation Apprenticeships, including who they’re for, how they work and their benefits. During this one-hour session the value and equivalency of the qualification in terms of SCQF levels and UCAS points will be explained.  Examples will be given of pupil journeys and it will be shown how Foundation Apprenticeships helped young people into jobs through modern or graduate apprenticeships,  on to college or to university. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.


This is the link for registration:

Skills Development Scotland national webinar to support parents and carers with S2/S3 option choices

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a nationwide webinar to support parents and carers with S2/S3 option choices.  The webinar is on Wednesday 1st December at 6.30pm.

Parents and carers can find out more about how to support option choice decisions, including the support and resources available from SDS.

SDS Careers Advisers will be providing advice and there will be opportunities for parents and carers to ask questions during the session.

To attend this webinar please register here:

Mercat Tours – Opportunities

There are opportunities for school, college and university students for upcoming part/full time work opportunities and internships to join the Mercat Team.

Please find attached an outline of the ‘Support Team’ role which is the most relevant and successful position for students, offering a variety of experience and scope to develop interests in other areas of the business.

In addition, recruiting for multiple roles in January/February will begin very quickly after the new year so here is the link to their website:  website vacancies page

Please note the website currently says that there are ‘no vacancies’ at present, however the jobs will be advertised after the New Year.

Download: Mercat Tours

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Careers in Construction with Mace Group

Are you thinking about a career in construction? If so, we have an amazing insight event for you.

On 9th December from 5:00pm – 6:00pm Mace Group will be hosting an insight session into one of the biggest construction firms in the world.

Mace are involved in some of the most impressive building projects around the UK and the world and offer a variety of fantastic apprenticeship and graduate schemes. 

We will be hearing from the Deputy Chairman who will share insights into his background, career journey from growing up in the midlands to where he is now as Deputy Chairman and sharing experiences from his early career to date which has contributed to his success. Mark will finish by giving his advice on what he looks for in top talent.

We will also hear from a panel of current apprentices and graduates from within the company who will discuss what life is like within the firm and what the process of securing a position in the firm was like.

Registration Link:


Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Edinburgh College Open Days – Performing Arts / Hair & Beauty

Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) are having Open Days on 2nd, 14th and 16th December

2nd December 2021

10:00am – 3:30pm

Target audience

Secondary S1 to S3 (11-14 year old), Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old)

There will be workshops, information on courses (Dance, Acting Theatre Costume, Technical Theatre, Make Up Artistry and Musical Theatre) and a chance to see the state-of-the-art facilities we have on campus.

On the 2nd of December at 2pm there will be a live performance from our Acting students, and on the 14th and 16th December we will have live performances in Dance.

Come along if you are interested in finding more about what PASS has to offer and see some fantastic examples of young professionals at work. To book a place on this event please follow the Citizen Ticket Link below.


Make -Up your mind for the career you want in Hair and Beauty

Event date: 30th November

Location: Granton Campus

Time: 1.30 pm – 3.30pm

Target audience

Educators, Secondary S4 to S6 (14-18 year old)

This event is to allow Guidance Teachers, Careers Advisors, and new applicants to understand and see what can be achieved in college within the department of Hair & Beauty Therapy and at Edinburgh College.

Who you will meet?

You will have the opportunity to meet lecturers, and current students to explain more about any of the courses within Hairdressing and Beauty therapy. All will be on hand to answer questions!

Please contact for more information.

Many thanks.

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Wingstop – Job Opportunities

Please see below a job opportunity that has come through  from FUSE (St James’ Quarter) for Wingstop.

If you have school candidates looking for work and aged 16+ I’d advise them to apply for Wingstop ( … It’s paying £9.00ph. They open early December and are looking to hire 40 members of staff. They are open to hiring candidates who are still at school.

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Vodafone Big Virtual Kick Off Careers Event

On Wednesday 1st December from 5:00pm – 6:00pm Vodafone will be hosting their big virtual kick-off event to showcase what the company is about and all of their fantastic degree apprenticeship opportunities!

Vodafone offer degree apprenticeships in a variety of business departments such as: Software Engineering, Network Engineering, Project Management, Human Resources, Data Analyst, IT Consultancy, Cyber Security & Sub-marine Management. Upon completing one of these Level 6 programmes you’ll also come out with a paid-for degree in the relevant field.

Registration link below.  If you are interested in signing up for this event, can you let your guidance teacher or myself know.

Registration link:


Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Edinburgh Leisure Coaching Academy 2022

Coaching Academy 2022

The project is a fully funded opportunity that provides a combination of sports-based activities and tailored employment support for young people that are interested in becoming a sports coach, with opportunities to; gain national governing body coaching qualifications, volunteer to gain coaching experience and possibility to gain employment as an Edinburgh Leisure sports coach. We are currently looking to recruit motivated, enthusiastic, and reliable 16 – 24 years old who have a passion for sport and who would be able to commit to the project for up to 10 hours per week over an 8-week period.

Coaching Academy provides:

• Sports coaching experience in Football, Athletics, Badminton, and multi-sports
• Sports Leaders, Young Leader Award
• National governing body coaching qualifications (SFA level 1.1/ UKCC Level 1)
• Quality, structured sports coaching sessions and the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity
• The opportunity to volunteer and gain coaching experience
• Active Start Multi Skills training
• Emergency First Aid at work
• Advice and guidance on further education and training opportunities
• Increased confidence and self-esteem

The project will be delivered between January and March 2022 at Various Edinburgh Leisure venues and online, with city-wide travel to be expect over the programme. An induction day detailing the project will take place on Tuesday 14th December, 4pm – 6pm at Meggetland Sports Complex, Meggetland Wynd, Edinburgh.

Please click the link to the Positive Destinations Referral Form for the project.
It is important that every young person who wishes to be considered for the Coaching Academy, fills in the referral form in the link, by Friday 3rd December 2021. All who register their interest will then be invited to attend the Induction Day, where they will get a full project overview, meet the Coaching Academy tutors, and take part in a discussion with the tutors on their suitability to gain a place on the project. The main aim of the project is to upskill young people to help them gain employment, with opportunities for jobs within Edinburgh leisure available at the end of the project.

Positive Destination Referral Form

Let me know if you need any further information.


Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator