Our experiment in webcasting to schools was a great success. Here is SSE's media department's take on the session:
Bright sparks from Lossiemouth High School have teamed up with two north-based businesses to hone their online broadcasting skills and showcase the growing opportunities for young people in the region’s green energy industry.
A group of five Higher Media Studies students sought out the help of Inverness-based training and digital media business Development Partners to produce their own live webcast. They invited energy business SSE to explain its approach to recruiting young people and answer questions from a live audience in schools right across the Highlands and Moray.
Lossie High pupil Georgia Jacques presented the 45 minute webcast with SSE’s Colin Pirie, who works as a manager within the company’s Networks business and plays an active role in its annual recruitment of apprentices and trainee engineers.
Commenting, Georgia said:
“It was a really good experience being in front of the camera and not something I had done before. Once we got going, it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought and it was great to get questions and feedback from the audience as we went along.
“We wanted to pick a subject that would be of interest to people in our school and in other schools all over the north of Scotland. A lot of people are excited about the opportunities in our energy industry, but they don’t always know what the options are or how to make the most of them. The webcast let us go into detail and cover a lot of questions from a wide range of people taking part.”
SSE’s Colin Pirie, who is a Manager at the business’s Highland headquarters in Inverness, added:
“It was great to be able to be involved and to have the chance through the students’ initiative to speak live to schools all over the Highlands and Moray.
“I started with SSE myself as a trainee engineer 24 years ago and was supported through university by the company. A lot of our senior managers have come through our training and apprenticeship programmes, so the opportunities we offer to young people today are only the beginning of what can be a very rewarding career.
“Last year, we recruited between 40 and 50 young people across the north of Scotland into our paid training roles. We have three main programmes for people coming from school or college, offering options for people with a wide range of strengths and interests – from mainly practical, site-based trainee roles to our trainee engineers who need good Highers in maths, physics and English.”
Ian Forsyth of Development Partners said:
"We had previously run a day with the pupils from three schools in Moray and when the idea of running a live webcast with a small group came up we thought it would be a great opportunity to do something innovative. They have been fantastic to work with and having SSE get involved to talk about career opportunities was the icing on the cake for everyone.
We had a great response from the audience in terms of live questions so it shows that there is a real appetite for more information out there. It's important that everyone at school has the best possible information about career options and we think this is a great way to get information out to a really wide audience. As a parent myself it would be fantastic to see more initiatives like this and I say that as much as a parent as I do from the perspective of someone who provides webcasting services."