Over 20 pupils from Charleston Academy joined young people from Inverness High School, Inverness Royal Academy and Forres Academy for an event organised by Scotland’s National Centre for Languages on Thursday 23rd February.
Aimed specifically at S3 – S6 pupils, it focused on the relevance of language skills in a work context with the intention of encouraging pupils to continue with their language studies.
Pupils discovered how languages can enhance communication skills, motivation and employability opportunities in line with the aims of ‘Developing the Young Workforce’, the Scottish Government’s current Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy.
Learners listened to 4 presentations from exciting inspirational speakers who view languages as a key skill in today’s globalised world.
- Michael Mackenzie, Regional Football Development Officer, Scottish Football Association
- Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries and Alex Smith Industry Network Manager, XpoNorth Music
- Kirsten Matthews, Brand Home Lead Guide, Glen Ord Distillery / Diageo Scotland
- Meryl James, Professional Development Officer at the University of Strathclyde, enthusiastic advocate of other languages and cultures who taught pupils a few words of Welsh and Mandarin
Mrs Sylvie Robinson, Languages Department