19 Feb 2019
Upcoming event aims to highlight Gaelic career paths.
Fluent Gaelic teens are being encouraged to continue their Gaelic studies throughout school and beyond at an upcoming careers event.
Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Bord na Gaidhlig, Glasgow Gaelic High School and Glasgow City Council, the event is aimed at S2 pupils in schools across the central belt. Schools in attendance will include Glasgow Gaelic High School, Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld and Wallace High School in Stirling.
Exhibitors include Glasgow University, Glasgow Life and the Scottish Parliament, who will all be explaining the importance of the Gaelic language within their work.
Pupils will also get the chance to take part in interactive sessions. SDS will host a workshop looking at the employability skills that bilingualism can offer, while a BBC journalist will be discussing his career and the opportunities he has had due to speaking Gaelic.
Gaelic theatre group, Theatre gu Leor, will also be delivering a presentation to the S2 students and will allow pupils to go through their scripts, resources and materials.
The event will highlight the various career opportunities open to those who are fluent in Gaelic to encourage the pupils to continue their Gaelic studies as they enter their senior phase of education.
Taking place on Thursday 21 February at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, the event will run from 12.30pm to 3.15pm, with 120 pupils expected to attend.
SDS’s Derek MacKenzie said: “We are hoping this event will be a great success with the S2 pupils and really encourage them to continue their Gaelic studies throughout high school and even beyond into higher education. The afternoon will allow them to see the many career opportunities that the Gaelic language can offer them in the future.”
Shona MacLennan, Chief Executive of Bord na Gaidhlig said: “These events are very important for two reasons. Firstly, they show young people how having Gaelic skills increases the range of career opportunities that are available to them. Secondly, they also demonstrate that Gaelic is an important part of everyday working life across a wide range of sectors in Scotland which makes Gaelic a more attractive subject choice.”
Deputy Head Teacher of Glasgow Gaelic High School, Catriona Campbell said: “We are always pleased to work in partnership with other groups, employers and organisations to support our young people with Skills for Learning, Life and Work. Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu, the Glasgow Gaelic School, is delighted to participate in Siuthad, the Gaelic Careers Event.”
SDS is Scotland’s national skills body, with professionally-qualified advisers working from its careers centres, community premises and in every state secondary school across Scotland.
For more information on career options, including those using Gaelic, head to www.myworldofwork.co.uk