Free Virtual Work Experience


SDS are supporting partners in venture with OGTC to deliver “virtual work experience” to 16-24 year olds interested in an energy career this summer. We shall be supporting two workshops on “Meta-skills” and “Career management skills”.

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We had been planning to pilot Energy Transition education modules, using a Flipped Classroom model, with schools in March. Understandably this has been postponed.

At the OGTC, we were sad that we couldn’t provide work experience and intern opportunities in our office this summer. We decided to do something about it and have created an online programme of inspiring educational and career talks.

The aim of the programme is to:
 Help young people understand the energy transition and that exciting careers are available
 Support sustainable talent pipeline for energy sector
 Showcase the D&I split of staff within the OGTC team and show that career opportunities are accessible
 Create a sense of community for young people

The target audience for the 20-minute sessions is young people aged between 16 and 24. Here is the draft session schedule (below):
1. MASTERCLASS: Introduction to the energy transition / climate change
2. MASTERCLASS: Metaskills with Skills Development Scotland
3. MASTERCLASS: Technology and impact on work; the importance of digital skills
5. CAREER INSPIRATION: Entrepreneurial spirit / clean tech
6. CAREER INSPIRATION: Renewables industry
9. CAREER INSPIRATION: Legal careers
12. CAREER INSPIRATION: Marketing & Communications / Events
13. MASTERCLASS: Finding and applying for work opportunities
14. MASTERCLASS: Creating a great impression at interview

More information will be shared with you prior to the first session in the Year Group Google Classroom, scheduled for Wednesday 27th May at 11am using Zoom.

Please see the flyer for more information –

Help Using Google Classroom

If you are a pupil or parent unsure about how to do something in Google Classroom, there are many resources on the internet which may help.

Below are a list of links to pages you may find useful.

Everything Parents Need to Know About Using Google Classroom With Your Kids (published on ‘Popsugar Parenting’)

Summaries for Parents using Google Guardians (Google)

Student Quick Guide to Google Classroom (Poster by Alice Keeler)

Handing In (or ‘Turning In’) an Assignment (Google)

If there is something specific you are unsure of please e-mail the school and we will try to help with further information.


NESCOL information

Message to all pupils who do NESCOL courses:

• North East Scotland College is continuing remote delivery as far as possible for all students, including School Links pupils and Foundation Apprentices. All pupils have access to a College email account with their Student ID number. If they don’t know their Student ID number or password, we can assist them if they contact us by email to

• Pupils are able to communicate with their lecturers, access course materials and submit coursework and assessments through use of Blackboard.

• Should there be any pupils who may struggle to access resources online to data limitations or access to devices, please liaise with the Schools Liaison team on a case by case basis.

• For assessment of outstanding practical units, where assessment depends on observation or completion of a practical project, lecturing staff will keep pupils up to date on agreed alternative arrangements as we know them. Communication with awarding bodies continues in this respect.

• We are unable to confirm arrangements at this time for the start of new courses in June 2020 – so for now, once key priorities have been addressed within your school, I would encourage schools to try to submit online applications via the Portal as and when you are able. Applications are now being reviewed, and several courses are already in high demand. We will consider how selection measures will be applied and keep you up to date on that

• All Schools Liaison team emails will be being checked at least twice a day and telephone calls to 01224 612020 are on divert to a mobile phone that will be answered during office hours.

Any queries not addressed in this email, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our thoughts are very much with our pupils, colleagues and partners at this time as we negotiate this experience, stay well and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you in person again soon!

Take care,
Shelley, Emma, Julia, Lynn and Karen