Our North East Regional Manager, Eilidh MacKechnie attended the Aberdeen Learning festival on 14th February at the AECC. The event is attended by teachers from both Aberdeen City and ‘shire and is for teachers of both primary and secondary pupils.
Co-ordinated by the team at Aberdeenshire Council’s Economic Development Department, the land-based career stands included Scottish Land & Estates, Lantra, SRUC and Ringlink. There was a great deal of interest at the stands, with many teachers visiting to hear more about land based career options for their pupils. The land based section also hosted a seminar entitled
The land-based sector offers an engaging and practical context for learning within and beyond Curriculum for Excellence and provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and productive partnerships between schools, the food, drink and land-based organisations and other partners including academia and research organisations.
The seminar will illustrate the significant beneficial impact of the land-based sector upon Scotland’s rural communities and their future prosperity. In this context the seminar will outline learning and skills development opportunities for new entrants and prospective land-based career paths (including Modern Apprenticeships) and employment opportunities
Malcolm Nicol, Co-owner of Ballogie estate spoke about the Aboyne Forestry Initiative, which is now in its third year. You can read more about the project here... The seminar was very successful and the feedback from attendees was positive.
The Learning Festival will run again next year and plans are already being made to build on this week’s success.