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Careers Hive opens to the public

Posted: 10 February 2017

Following 2016 success, Careers Hive is back at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh from Monday 27 February–Saturday 4 March 2017. For the first time this year Careers Hive will broaden it reach, opening activities to the public on Saturday 4 March.

Careers Hive gives pupils in S1-S3 an interactive introduction to STEM based careers at the point where they pick the subjects they want to study. The programme has been designed to showcase the various pathways into STEM careers – from work based training programmes and apprenticeships to internships and further study or higher education – and help pupils start thinking about what opportunities might be right for them. Edinburgh International Science Festival is working with a range of partners to deliver the event, offering pupils and teachers the chance to attend a unique event that brings together exciting hands-on activities and over 100 volunteers currently working in STEM roles and industries.

Joan Davidson, Education Manager at Edinburgh International Science Festival, says:
‘We’re delighted to bring back Careers Hive, our reimagining of the careers education experience into an immersive event that highlights the exciting opportunities available to young people if they continue to engage with STEM throughout their education and beyond. Scotland’s economy includes a wealth of SME businesses, all shouting out for the next generation of STEM talent, so it’s important that we encourage today’s young learners to engage with these subjects. With Careers Hive we’re giving them a chance to discover the wide range career pathways open to them – from the exciting opportunities that exist on their doorstep, to those that could take them across the globe. We received fantastic feedback from the pupils and teachers who attended the inaugural sessions last year and the 2017 school sessions have been hugely popular, so we’ve added an open day on Saturday 4 March to give everyone a chance to experience Careers Hive.’

The Careers Hive Open Day on Saturday 4 March is open to everyone – from parents, carers and families, to young learners, teachers or educators who are unable to attend the school sessions, as well as anyone interested in finding out more about the wide range of STEM career opportunities across Scotland and the globe.

On the Open Day, visitors will be able to explore the Careers Hive Experience STEM interactive exhibition where they can find out about the pathways into STEM careers and meet volunteers from STEM industries. There will also be a special programme of Life After Leaving School talks, featuring young professionals at an early stage in their own exciting STEM careers. The speakers will talk about their own journey from school to work and some of the key decisions they made along the way, giving a fresh perspective on some potentially unusual pathways into STEM careers. 

Activities at the Careers Hive Open Day on Saturday 4 March are drop-in and free. The exhibition will run in the Grand Gallery from 10am–5pm and the talk programme will take place in the Auditorium at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Careers Hive has been developed with support from The Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Careers Hive 2017 is supported by DigitalXtra fund, EDF Energy, Edina Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Institute of Acoustics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Scottish Power, The Russell Trust, Cruden Foundation, The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust. With thanks to the National Museum of Scotland.