AES Solar joins Career Ready scheme to help young people into renewable energy jobs

Keith Esson (left) and Stuart Engelman.
Keith Esson (left) and Stuart Engelman.

Moray-based AES Solar – the only Scottish solar panel manufacturer – has joined the Career Ready scheme which partners with local schools to help young people become career ready.

Stuart Engelmann and Keith Esson from AES Solar will each work on different projects designed to help young people make good choices regarding future employment and their careers.

The initiative is being rolled-out across Moray this month when Engelmann along with 50 other mentors from 26 companies across the region will meet the students that will be supported over the next two years.

Students are supported by a mentor, undertake a fourweek paid internship and attend a series of masterclasses during their 5th and 6th year at school

Engelmann said: “I am very excited to be involved with Career Ready project and to working with young  people, who will also get the opportunity to work at AES Solar during a four week placement in the summer which will give them a real taste of what working life is like.

“We will also do mock interviews to prepare them for that side of the working environment. I wish there had been a scheme like this, when I was looking at my career options.”

“I was educated at Forres Academy and I also want to be able to show young people that there are good, viable jobs to be had in Moray. I moved straight back to Forres after graduating from Edinburgh Napier University to work with AES Solar through the ScotGrad placement scheme and it’s opened up all sorts of opportunities for me.”

Meanwhile, Keith Esson has become an ambassador with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). STEM is geared toward people who work in these industries and the ambassadors are volunteers that aim to inspire young people to become interested in STEM subjects and consider a career in a STEM industry. 

Keith got involved in the initiative after Debbie Mathers, STEM Ambassador Co-ordinator for the North Scotland Hub supported AES Solar with their Interactive Science Tent at Piping At Forres recently.

He said: “I studied Renewable Energy at Dundee University as I have always been interested in STEM subjects and I want to be able apply these technologies in a sustainable way. I joined the STEM program after organising and hosting the AES Interactive Science Tent at Piping At Forres. It was great fun running the tent and talking to children and young people about all the technologies we had on show.”

2 Oct 2017

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