Helping the city’s next generation to prosper

I had the pleasure of visiting the Seaton Learning Centre last week and it was fantastic to see the progress being made in a very short space of time by the community development teams.

In particular the efforts in establishing early years provision has been of great benefit and the impact of that will continue to grow and evolve, making a lasting contribution to the area and the city.

The space being utilised became available as the result of the opening of Orchard Brae School, in itself a huge leap forward in our ambitions to give all of our young people the best opportunities, and I was so impressed by all that I saw and heard.

There’s great deal of innovation taking place in education, demonstrated by the launch in recent weeks of the ELC Academy – a new online toolkit to support those interested in early learning and childcare (ELC).

The ELC Academy is in collaboration with Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council, with the aim of providing a new way to develop the workforce in the region. We’re delighted to be playing a key part in this new approach and are confident it will bring positive results.

Staying on the theme of young people, can I take the opportunity to thank the pupils of Bucksburn Academy who took the time to come into Marischal College earlier in the month to host a bake sale.

The aim was to raise funds towards an £8,640 target set by the TALE group, which is aiming to sail with the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland off the west coast. The group is focused on ensuring there are opportunities for children with additional support needs to take part in and learn from long length challenging excursions. We were delighted to have the pupils in – good luck with the rest of the fundraising activities and thanks for the lovely cakes!