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Elgin to join Scotland's Biggest Parents' Evening

By Lorna Thompson

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PARENTS and young people are being urged to attend "Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening" to learn about jobs of the future.

The event hosted by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Moray is one of many taking place across the country on the same night. Attendees will be able to meet employers and learn about how the world of work is changing.

Guests to the free event will also hear from the DYW Moray board, and its partners such as Skills Development Scotland, Moray Education Department and Moray College UHI.

A marketplace of stalls will offer information on employment opportunities in the region.

DYW Moray is a government-funded organisation set up to bring young people, employers and educators together to ensure a robust workforce for the future.

Sarah Baxter, manager of the service, said: "We are really excited to be involved in Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Evening and to be joining our other DYW colleagues around the country to create an amazing event highlighting what vibrant opportunities there are in Scotland.

"The focus for this event is about jobs of the future and educating young people and their parents on how workplaces will look in two, five, 10 and 20 years’ time. Our workplaces are changing for many reasons, advancements in technology being one of them, and it’s really important that we engage with employers so they can share with young people the skills, values and qualifications they will be looking for.

Sarah Baxter, manager of DYW Moray.
Sarah Baxter, manager of DYW Moray.

"If we can prepare young people now for what the workplace will look like in a few years’ time, we can ensure that we continue to grow a vibrant economy for our region."

The event will take place at Elgin's Mansefield Hotel on Thursday, January 30, at 5pm.

Karen Lees, Moray Council’s quality improvement manager for education, communities and organisational development, said: "We are constantly reviewing our curriculum in schools and ensuring that we provide a wide range of opportunities within and outwith the classroom for our children and young people to develop the skills for life, learning and work in an ever-changing world.

"We are looking forward to providing an overview of what this looks like in Moray and how we benefit from a range of approaches to support our schools, pupils and parents."

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