Modern Apprenticeships Early Years Childcare

Modern Apprenticeships Early Years Childcare

S5/6 pupils – Access to Course at Robert Gordon University

Closing date:  7th July 2017

‘Access To’ seeks to widen participation in Higher Education for students who are often under-represented in universities.  The programmes offer S5 and S6 pupils an opportunity to get first-hand experience of undergraduate degree study courses and student life on campus via twilight courses held after school.

In 2017/18 the following programmes are running:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Communication and Media
  • Health Professionals
  • Management
  • Life Sciences
  • Law/Law and Management
  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Nursing and Midwifery

Twenty four pupils from Mintlaw Academy were involved in session 2016/17 and all graduated.

What’s involved?

All programmes offer a blend of practical subject focused sessions, delivered by the academic departments, and support sessions, delivered by the Wider Access team. Both elements are designed to help you make informed decisions about your future career and prepare you for higher education level study at college or university.

Activities include:

  • Subject focused study
  • Practical workshops and project experience
  • UCAS Application and Personal Statement support
  • Interview and portfolio preparation (where appropriate)
  • Working alongside RGU lectures and current students

All programmes run once a week over a number of weeks from September to December after school between 4.30 -6.30pm on either a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The costs of all materials, refreshments and transport are met by RGU.


In return for your commitment you can expect a huge range of benefits including:

  • Access to state of the art learning and teaching facilities
  • Increased subject knowledge
  • Support to develop transferable skills- problem solving, teamwork, communication, presentation, independent study
  • Introduction to the university environment and student life
  • Advice and support to make informed decisions about your future
  • Advice on careers, pathways and progression
  • Support with applications to university
  • Access to the library and online learning resources via our Associate Student Scheme


For further information and to apply please log on to  and complete the ‘Access To’ Application Form

Or contact

Kaisa Macdonald

Project Officer


Telephone: 01224263045


Stevie Kearney

Assistant Project Officer


Telephone: 01224263032


Academy Uniforms will be in school from 6.15pm on Wednesday 21st June to accept any uniform queries/orders.

Parents can order uniform items online until 1st July 2017 for free delivery to the school by 16th August, when items can be picked up.  To get free delivery to the school enter MINTLAWFREE into the voucher code after the payment section

Blazers can be leased from the school by S5/6 pupils for £20, £10 returnable deposit.

Ties can be purchased from the school for £2.50.

School Dress:

  • Mintlaw Academy blazer (S5/S6,optional for S1-S4)
  • Mintlaw Academy tie
  • White shirt
  • Mintlaw Academy black jumper/cardigan (optional)
  • Black trousers or skirt
  • Sensible black shoes (not black trainers)

 How to order school dress items:  (Prices may be subject to change)

v  Ties from the school – £2.50

 v  Academy Uniforms – blazers/knitwear –

order online or when supplier in school

Blazer – £43.50 to purchase  (Senior pupils may lease from the school – £20)

Knitwear (100% cotton) – Jumper – £17.50, Cardigan – £18.50

v  Pom Print (Mintlaw) – knitwear only

v  Jazmayne (Peterhead) – knitwear only

v  Donalds (Peterhead) – knitwear and ties


BT Engineering Apprenticeships

Engineering Apprenticeship

Engineering careers at BT are uniquely challenging, rewarding and diverse. You can specialise in power, switch, radio or network engineering roles. Whether you’re working in business or residential customers’ premises or out and about on our infrastructure, you’ll travel a lot. With a ‘can-do’ attitude, the difference BT makes is in your hands


Advanced apprenticeship you will need to have achieved or are predicted 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language. For some of our Engineering roles you will require a Maths Grade B or above, please see our website for more details.

Equivalent qualifications are accepted.

To be eligible for an apprenticeship in Engineering you will need to have a full driving licence on application.

All our roles are aimed at ages 16+ years with staring salaries of £14466 – we aim to start at various start dates throughout 2017

For further information please visit: Website

Aberdeen Asset Management Apprenticeships

Aberdeen Asset Management – Apprenticeships

Aberdeen Asset Management is recruiting to their apprenticeship programme in their Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices.   The apprenticeship comprises of six rotations over two years in different departments across the business giving apprentices a well-rounded view of the asset management industry and its related functions. The programme offers apprentices the opportunity to earn as they learn.  In addition to a formalised induction and extensive internal training opportunities, apprentices complete a vocational qualification during your first year and study for an industry recognised qualification during the second year of the programme.  Applicants must have achieved 3 Scottish Highers or equivalent or be working towards this.  Candidates interested must complete our online application* which can be found on

For further details see Mrs Noble

Want to Study Accountancy?

ABB have an Apprenticeship programme which is currently open for applications, closing 12th March 2017.  Below is a link to their website which includes more details on this:

ABB are seeking students with Higher grades ABBB and Nat 5 English and Maths grades A/B to come and join their firm and begin their Accountancy career, starting Summer 2017.

They would also like to draw your attention to their work experience programme which is currently open for applications for students in fourth year and above.  As well as supporting the schemes through the City and Shire Council they also have 3 positions available for students to join them in their school holidays.  They have one position in Feb half term, and two during the summer holidays.  All information on this programme is available through their website including how to apply.  They will be reviewing applications for the position in Feb half term shortly after the Christmas holidays.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at AAB using the email

Communication with Parents

Parents – frustrated when letters from school go missing?

Now is the time to get involved in shaping the future of communication with schools. Aberdeenshire Council is rolling out a new service to communicate with parents by email, text message and a new app for smartphones and tablets.

A parents’ survey is available that will directly influence how the school uses the new messaging service – you can complete it at the following link;

This improved system will allow us to send home newsletters, certificates and other communication electronically, saving the school money currently spent on text message and printed newsletters.

We are scheduled to begin using this technology hopefully next year and are seeking parents’ views on what they want to receive, delivery methods and how often they want to hear from the school.

Please note, telephone and letter communication will still be used for communication that is of a sensitive or confidential nature.

 Further information is available by visiting  


Adverse Weather Information

During the dark winter days, we encourage pupils to put safety first.  This includes dressing appropriately so that they can be seen at all times and to wear appropriate outerwear/footwear for the weather conditions.  Pupils have been reminded about the procedures to follow in the event of wintry weather, please discuss these arrangements with your son/daughter including if the school were to close during the day.  If unable to get into school, pupils should work through the materials appropriate to them as instructed by their class teachers.  Information about changes to school bus routes or school closures will be posted on the Aberdeenshire Council website and on the school infoline.


To access the school infoline:

  • Dial Aberdeenshire Council’s access number: 0870 054 4999
  • Enter Mintlaw Academy’s Pin number: 021100
  • You will then be taken to the MAIN MENU where you will be given 4 options.
  • PRESS 1: to hear our school’s message about adverse weather

Open University: Young Applicants Schools (YASS) : – Information for Parents/ Carers and Students.

YASS Information

Mintlaw Academy Pupils’ Exam Success


We are very proud of the attainment of all our S4, S5 and S6 pupils in their recent SQA exams and qualifications. The pupils in the photo above received top grades in all the qualifications that they took before the summer. Congratulations to them and to all our pupils and a huge thanks to all our staff and parents for their support in helping all our pupils to experience record breaking success.

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