Pupils get flavour of Angus College

ANGUS College last week offered an exciting experience for S2 pupils attending high schools throughout Angus in the first ever open day dedicated to S2s. And Friday was Montrose day.

Over the course of four days over 750 S2 pupils from across Angus attended the college.

The Montrose Academy pupils took part in a series of taster session for each subject area in the college.

This new initiative replaces the college 4 U talks, where college staff would visit each school to speak to pupils about the options available at College. The new alternative offers pupils a chance to see the College environment for themselves while gaining an insight into the various subjects on offer.

This open day aims to help inform potential candidates who wish to undertake the Skills for Work programme as part of their S3 or S4 timetable.

The Skills for Work course has already provided hundreds of school pupils with the fantastic opportunity to develop their self confidence, meet new people and learn in a different environment whilst gaining a valuable qualification. Pupils are able to choose a specific area of study ranging from Hospitality and Motor Vehicle to Childcare and Engineering.

Among the activity sessions on offer at this week’s event was ‘speed art’ provided by the Art and Design Department, an animation demo arranged by the Computing and IT team and a run-around quiz provided by the Sport and Fitness department. The pupils were also among the first to see the new Skills for Work DVD which shows the real-life stories of pupils who have already undertaken the programme.

Director of marketing and business growth Kay Gilmour said: “We were pleased to be able to offer this experience to S2 pupils across Angus and we believe that it will give them a greater insight into the Skills for Work programme and the options available to them here at Angus College.”