Students at the Vale of Leven Academy got the opportunity to speak with local businesses, colleges and universities on their future career paths at the school’s annual careers event.

More than 500 students and their parents engaged with more than 80 representatives from universities, training providers, and businesses to explore their post-school opportunities.

Matthew Boyle, head teacher at the academy, said: "As a school we have a clear mission to help young people in our community into fulfilling occupations, our recent careers event was an inspiring showcase offering our young people a wide range of opportunities.

"Without our rich partnership with the Council’s Senior Phase Team, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), and local businesses and organisations, we couldn’t deliver a one-stop opportunity on this scale, and I thank them all for their support.”

Former students and teachers joined businesses such as Rolls Royce, Babcock, BAE Systems and the NHS, in supporting the event.

The attendees offered their expertise and advice to students figuring out their next steps in education, training, and employment.

Councillor Clare Steel, convener of educational, said: “The council is committed to supporting young people go on to a positive destination when they leave school. The school has formed a great rapport with local businesses, colleges and universities and their commitment to come along and offer advice and support to our young people is very much appreciated.

"Every young person should have the aspiration to go on to meaningful employment, training or further education and it’s events like these that showcase what is available to our students to explore new and interesting future pathways."

Councillor John Millar, vice-convener of education, said: “This event was a great opportunity for pupils and their families to network with potential employers and those offering work experience and volunteering placements. It was great that local, national and international businesses came along to showcase their opportunities for our young people. I would like to thank each organisation for coming along and for their part in helping to give our young people the chance to go on to a positive destination.”