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Young women from Perth’s city schools have been getting the ‘Gen Up’ on apprenticeship opportunities.

The 22 fifth year pupils from all four of the city’s schools took part in the Gen Up event from 20-22 June, which also aimed to put young women’s minds at rest about working in what some see as traditionally ‘male’ industries.

Women from across a variety of industries met and spoke with the girls, offering them the chance to ask questions and find out what it’s really like to work in an industry.

Employers attending across the three days were Abertay University, AECOM, Air Service Training, the BBC, Duncan of Jordanstone, Mott MacDonald, the NHS, Open Change, SSE, Tag Games, University of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry and Youthlink Scotland.

The event was a partnership between Gumption Girls, The Young Women’s Movement and Skills Development Scotland, with support from Developing the Young Workforce Perth & Kinross.

Anna Patton, Perth Grammar School pupil, said: “This workshop has really changed my perspective on jobs and has definitely made me think of my career choices. We have had many inspirational speakers and I have thoroughly enjoyed this experience.”

Rhiannon Dick, also a Perth Grammar School pupil, said: “It has helped me see all the different jobs there are and that you do not have to go to university straight after school, that you shouldn’t be pressured into doing a career you don’t want to do. It was very interesting learning about all the different STEM careers.”

Kathryn Aviss, Careers Adviser at Perth Grammar School said: “This event offered the pupils the chance to hear directly from young women like them about the reality of working in an industry, and bust any myths about ‘boy jobs’ or ‘girl jobs’.

“They can also hear about the advantages a Modern Apprenticeship offers. It’s a way to kick start your career by working, earning and learning and there are more than 80 different types of apprenticeship on offer across industries.”

Olivia Robertson, Director or Gumption Girls, said: “We know that some young women do still feel that some careers are ‘off limits’ to them because they are female.

“This isn’t the case, and we want every young person, male or female, to feel able to make choices about their future based on what’s right for them not on what they think they should be doing.”

Fiona Reith, Developing the Young Workforce Manager, said: “The event has been a great success and we want to thank all the businesses and organisations who supported us to make it possible.

“I also want to say a special thank you on behalf of all of the partners and employers to the young women who attended. They were attentive, inquisitive and engaged throughout the three days and we can’t wait to see what successes they go on to next.”

Addressing gender imbalance in apprenticeships is a key priority of Skills Development Scotland’s Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships. To find out more about apprenticeships and search opportunities head to apprenticeships.scot

Skills Development Scotland careers advisers work in every state secondary school in Scotland, as well as its careers centres and in community venues across the country.

SDS delivers face-to-face career information, advice and guidance from its centre at Highland House, St. Catherine’s Road in Perth. The centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 5pm and 10am to 5pm on Wednesdays. SDS advisers also are available at the Strathmore Centre for Youth Development (SCYD) on Wednesdays between 1pm and 4.30pm.

You can get information on jobs, the local labour market, training courses, CVs, interviews, Modern Apprenticeships and much more.

You can also get in touch and get updates at facebook.com/SDSPerth and find out more about SDS services in the area at the In Your Area pages.

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