Year in Industry (YINI) – 1-year paid placements in Scotland for S5/S6 students

Year in Industry (YINI) have placements in architecture, engineering, mainly electrical and mechanical, business, finance/accountancy in multiple roles in Scotland—scotland and many more UK wide.

*Registrations to YINI close on 31st May 2019.

The Year in Industry (YINI) placements offer students the opportunity to gain professional development by working at a reputable company. They help place students in top UK companies and organisations every year, including, Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, Scotrail, ScottishPower, Leonardo, Schneider, Syngenta, P&G plus many more.

Typically, the programme lasts for 12 months and comes with a good salary.  Pupils don’t have to have filled in a UCAS application to join either but they do need to be sitting their Highers/Advanced Highers or equivalent.  Some pupils stay on with the companies and take up their advanced apprenticeships.  A number of students are sponsored through university each year and many of our partner companies see The Year in Industry as an important part of their graduate/employee recruitment programme.


A Year in Industry placement can fast track a student’s future career, greatly improving employment prospects. 97% of students who have undertaken a Year in Industry feel they are more employable, as it adds massive value to a CV as well as greatly increasing confidence and maturity levels.

  • They will be paid a proper salary
    • Be expected to undertake a challenging job, which will both be stretching and relevant for your future studies and career path.
    • We provide an optional math’s course for all placed students who are school leavers
    • Free workshops included during placement, covering project management, presentation skills, leadership and management
    • Support throughout from YINI mentors and the placement companies
    • The possibility of summer placements during university or moving on to apprenticeships with the companies
    • Possible sponsorship through university



Want to Learn More About Foundation Apprenticeships?

On behalf of Glasgow’s regional colleges; Glasgow Kelvin College will be hosting an event at The Glasgow Film Theatre during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Skills for the Future – The Importance of Apprenticeships” The focus of this event is to raise the awareness of Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) and the journey of our students through their  FA.

Following on from the national campaign by Skills Development Scotland, we welcome along any employer, parent, school teacher or pupil who wants to know more about Foundation Apprenticeships. The event will give key information and a guide to Foundation Apprenticeships. We will also have current employers and students there on the day to give an insight into their FA experience.  For parents and pupils attending we will also give you an understanding of where an FA can lead to once successfully completed.  As an employer you will gain an understanding of how taking on an FA will benefit your business.

Date: 8th March

Time: 09.30-12.00

Venue: Glasgow Film Theatre,  12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB


Register using the Event Brite link:

For more information about the vocational Programme and Foundation Apprenticeships available for next year, visit the St Ninian’s High School Vocational Website

The Lawscot Foundation Bursary

The Lawscot Foundation – invitation for prospective law students to apply for an annual bursary and mentoring support.

The Lawscot Foundation (a Scottish charity) would like to invite pupils to apply for a bursary and mentoring if they are:
• considering studying law (the LLB) in Scotland, commencing in autumn 2019
• are facing significant financial barriers

They aim to support at least eight students in 2019 by providing them with a bursary package of £2,500 per year during their studies, and a solicitor mentor to assist with careers advice.

The closing date for applications is 24 May 2019.

In order to be eligible to apply, pupils need to be able to answer yes to the following questions:

– Do you have an offer to study law (known as the LLB) at a Scottish university?*
– Is your parental /guardian total annual income under £34,000 and /or do your circumstances mean you would be unable to attend university due to your financial situation? (This can include receiving EMA, free school meals, being in care or being a young carer).

*More information, including the list of accredited universities can be found at


Mactaggart & Mickel Apprenticeships: Painter or Joiner

Mactaggart & Mickel are recruiting apprentices for an August 2019 start at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd. 2 Painters based in the Central and West of Scotland.  Joiner based in the East of Scotland.

 If you would like to apply or you are interested, you can find out further details on their recruitment website and submit a CV directly:

Apprentice Surveyor Scotland working with BAM Construction

Are you interested in becoming a Quantity Surveyor? The following apprenticeship opportunity is now available on line.

 Apprentice Surveyor Scotland (located in the Central Belt)

A four year Graduate Level Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built environment at Edinburgh Napier University, studying Quantity Surveying, whilst working with BAM Construction.


Due to the nature of this Apprenticeship, it would suit those 16 years+. You are only eligible to apply if:

•You are predicted or have achieved a minimum of BBCC at Higher level

•Have achieved National 5 English and Maths at Grade C or above

Please find more information and the application process on their website:


S5/6 Parent’s night – Career Advisors

Our Career Advisors from Skills Development Scotland  will be present at the S5/6 parent’s night on Thursday 31st January.  This is an excellent opportunity for pupils to get further advice regarding career opportunities prior to selecting their subjects for 6th year or leaving school.  No appointments are necessary.   The Career Advisors will be in the pastoral base throughout the evening.

S5 Pupils: Scottish Space School applications now open


The 2019 Scottish Space School @ Strathclyde residential summer school will be held at the University of Strathclyde from 9-14 June 2019 and applications are now being invited via the online application system.

Now in its 16th year at the University, the Scottish Space School continues to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and is aimed at S5 pupils in Scotland currently studying Maths and Science subjects at Higher level.

Applications must be made online and further information and the online application form is available at:

The closing date for applications is Sunday 20 January

If you would like further information or have any questions regarding the programme, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at:

Pupils should speak to their Pastoral support teacher for a reference.

University of Oxford: UNIQ access programme

Pupils interested in studying at the University of Oxford (2020 entry) should consider the UNIQ access programme and discuss this with your pastoral support teacher.

UNIQ is a free programme which gives students an opportunity to study at Oxford, meet tutors, sample their chosen course, stay in a college and learn how to make a strong application.

Visit their website for further information regarding the different courses and how to apply.


Vodafone Work Experience opportunities

Vodafone has launched two work experience programmes. Here is the all the information you need:

Ignite Work Experience Week
What does it involve? This will provide students with the opportunity to complete a 1 week placement at one of our Vodafone offices in an area of their choice. Students will gain industry focused skills, valuable experience and develop a business network which will help to kick-start their exciting future careers! Placement areas include HR, Finance, Technology, Marketing, Digital and Legal.
Dates & locations:  Glasgow   (16th-20th July)


Requirements: Must be 14-18 years old and have the necessary English language skills to complete the programme.
How to apply: Click HERE


What does it involve? For the 2nd year, we are running a 4 day coding workshop for girls aged 14-18, as part of a global programme spanning 26 countries. This programme will give girls the skills, confidence and encouragement to learn, develop and thrive in STEM fields and occupations. They will be taught the technical skills to build their own website including Html, CSS, GitHub and JQuery.
Dates & locations:  

Glasgow   (13th-16th August)


Requirements: Must identify as a female/non-binary, be 14-18 years old and have the necessary English language skills to complete the programme.
How to apply: Click HERE

For more information, click HERE or if you have any questions, please contact us at


Vodafone Training Programme: Code Like A Girl

WANTED: Volunteer Trainers for Vodafone #CodeLikeAGirl programme

This summer, Vodafone UK will be running an extensive global training programme for GIRLS aged 14-18, to help them engage with the technology industry and encourage them to consider technology as a career path in the future.

The programme will be run throughout the 27 countries that Vodafone operates across, and as part of the programme each country will host a 4 day coding course for girls. We are looking for Vodafone colleagues with web coding experience to support the programme as volunteer trainers for the course. You don’t need to be a software developer/working in a tech team, or have taught before, but you will need to have written web code or created websites before and, of course, enjoy helping others learn.

This year the workshops will run over 3 locations:

  • Newbury (30th July – 2nd August)
  • Manchester (6th – 9th August)
  • Glasgow (13th – 16th August)

Additionally, if you are aged 14-18 and who would like to apply for a #CodeLikeAGirl workshop apply HERE.