1 - Abby Cartney, St Margaret’s School for Girls – the winner 2 - Michael Skene, Hazlehead Academy,
dreams of being a doctor 3 - Catherine Mearns, Cults Academy, loves photography, science and the universe!
Talent. How to find it and keep it are fundamental challenges facing businesses in Scotland.
You might be worrying about where the future talent for your business is going to come from. Well, let me reassure you there is amazing talent in Aberdeen City and Shire. I know because I’ve met some of the young people myself, through our annual art competition. It encourages local secondary school pupils to create a self-portrait which expresses their career hopes for the future.
The competition has proved very popular with schools since we launched it five years ago. As well as being fun and championing the importance of creativity, it offers an interesting insight and a unique snapshot to the career aspirations of our local children.
The hundreds of entries we have received over the years have portrayed ambitions to be doctors and lawyers, engineers, scientists, cabinet ministers, dancers, designers, farmers and much more. Some illustrate that they want to join the family firm, others draw on their life experiences such as one boy who showed us through his art that he wanted to be a doctor because his sister was ill. It’s hopeful, heart-warming and often inspiring.
Norway-based Wenaas, the global oil and gas industry’s leading workwear and PPE supplier, has strengthened its presence in the UK by appointing the JBS Group as its supplier for the UK oil and gas industry from Aberdeen.
The announcement comes as Wenaas, the safety expert, marks the sale of its one millionth Ambassador coverall, the offshore oil and gas industry’s leading fire retardant coverall.
JBS will provide Wenaas products through new premises in Bridge of Don which, together with a new website, represents a £1million investment.
The Aberdeen premises allows JBS to provide fast delivery of products including one of the quickest turnaround times in the industry for embroidery, heat seal and garment alteration services. A walk-in trade counter and showroom enable JBS to offer PPE and safety training from industry experts. Recent training days included talks by Wenaas representatives from Norway on flame retardant garment and glove standards and innovations.
Nautricity, the renewable energy company, has been given the go-ahead to develop one of the UK’s first ‘next generation’ tidal energy schemes in waters off the Mull of Kintyre.
Marine Scotland has given consent for the deployment of the first contra rotating marine turbine (CoRMaT) device, capable of generating enough electricity to supply 400 homes, to be deployed in the Irish Sea, south of Machrihanish, Argyll.
In addition, Argyll and Bute Council has approved the construction of an onshore sub-station that will connect the array to the National Grid.
The Glasgow-based company is only the fourth to be granted full permission to deploy tidal devices in Scottish waters, having already received consent from the Crown Estate and SSE, the electrical network operator.
Work on the onshore connection is expected to start later this year with the devices being deployed in the water in early 2015.
Nautricity was selected to develop the CoRMaT technology as part of the government’s WATERS2 funding package, aimed at helping Scottish firms to secure an increased share of the international marine energy market.