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Skills

Developing our future

Almost all sectors in Aberdeen highlight skills and labour as a particular issue, in terms of both available labour and a shortage in employees.

A fundamental element for Shaping Aberdeen is to ensure that our schools are continuously improving and evolving, giving pupils the opportunity to grow and maximise their skills for entering the workplace. Aberdeen Guarantees - Bob Collier (Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce as chief executive), Alec Carstairs- President-Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Angela Scott (ACC chief exec), Sylvia Halkertson (Wood Commissioner) & Cllr Jenny Laing

For individual projects please see further information below;

Aberdeen Guarantees

What will you do when you leave school? Or have you already left and not sure what you want to do?

If you are aged between 14-25 years old Aberdeen Guarantees has been launched to help you. There will be advice available to secure your future career and support you to move in to further education, training and employment.

For further information, please visit Aberdeen Guarantees

Education

Brimmond School

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing visited the pupils and staff of Brimmond School to unveil a plaque to mark the official opening of the £12million state-of-the-art facility on Monday 23 November 2015.

Covering 4,501 sq m, the new school, which commenced construction in April 2014, has been designed to cater for 420 primary pupils and to provide 80 nursery places as well as accommodation for visual support services.

For more information please visit: Aberdeenís newest school officially opened.

Centre of Excellence (formerly ASN School)

The Centre of Excellence will provide a school for children with complex additional support needs.  The contract to deliver the school, adjacent to Davidson Drive, was signed with the contractor on 5 November 2015. Work is currently on-going to relocate the existing bus turning circle to allow the site entrance to be created. A turf cutting event will take place on the 8th of December with site work starting in the New Year. The school is being obtained through the Council's partner, Hub North, and is scheduled for completion in May 2017.

South of the City Academy

Work on the new Academy to replace Torry and Kincorth is continuing with the Council's partner, Hub North. Planning permission for was approved at the end of October for a new school on the site of the former Bobby Calder Park at Loirston Loch. Work is anticipated to begin on site early in the New Year.

Stoneywood School 

Councillors agreed to progress plans for a new £13million school.

Members of the Education and Children's Services Committee were given feedback at a meeting on the 2 June 2015 on a public consultation process for the new building on the site of the former Bankhead Academy. The majority of those who responded to the consultation were in favour of both the school and the preferred site.

The design phase is now under way, and it is anticipated that construction will be completed in time for the 2017/18 school session, which starts in August 2017.

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