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ESS goes back to school with education link up

Posted: 24 March 2005

ESS Support Services Worldwide (ESS), the world leader in a range of offshore facilities management services, has established an education industry partnership with Fraserburgh Academy , in Aberdeenshire.

The importance of the education industry partnerships was highlighted at the Scottish Executive’s Determined to Succeed launch in 2003. It is central to the priorities of growing the economy and developing the potential of Scotland ’s citizens, encouraging the next generation of Scots to see the value in work-based vocational, enterprising and entrepreneurial learning.

Fraserburgh Academy has identified several projects, which will form the main elements of the ESS partnership programme. ESS will assist with the production of the school newsletter, curriculum support for the Home Economics Department, financial and marketing support for the school drama production, CV workshops and interview techniques and the development of a Food Challenge initiative.

A steering committee will be formed comprising representatives from the school and ESS together with pupil representation for the purpose of ensuring continuing focus on the main objectives of the partnership. Fraserburgh Academy and ESS has agreed that future programmes will include visiting speakers at school events, the development of teacher placement and shadowing, teacher participation in ESS training programmes and the development of a former pupils career events.

Brian Thomson, headmaster at Fraserburgh Academy , commented on this new partnership: “We recognise the importance of the education industry partnerships and we are looking forward to developing our new link with ESS. The support and enthusiasm that we have seen already in the initial three months is a real credit to its people.”

Peter Bruce, managing director of ESS, said: “We have witnessed the effects of other education industry partnerships in Aberdeenshire over the last two years and therefore we felt it was important to establish this enterprise link with Fraserburgh Academy . I also wanted to support a school that I’m already familiar with and, as a former pupil, this partnership is particularly poignant.”

George Milne, curriculum and management structures co-ordinator for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “Aberdeenshire Council is committed to developing enterprise in education through the Determined to Succeed programme. Fraserburgh Academy and ESS have already formed an invaluable relationship and we hope to see similar partnerships in every school across the authority.”



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