Notre Dame High School, an all-girls school in the west end of Glasgow, hosted a business breakfast with a difference for local businesses in November 2016. Businesses were welcomed by the school band and listened to a fantastic performance from the girls whilst enjoying breakfast rolls and tea.

The breakfast, supported by DYW Glasgow, was aimed at increasing industry links with education to give young women in the school an insight into different careers and prepare them for the world of work, whether this is through workplace visits or work placements.

Rosie Martin, Notre Dame’s Head Teacher gave an overview of the school and businesses heard that 50% of the young girls come from the most deprived areas in Glasgow, with 56 languages spoken in the school. The school has also recently welcomed 19 newly unaccompanied refugees. Whilst facing many challenges, their values and local community support ensure the school performs well and they thrive to help every young person achieve their potential.

The school’s main business partner, Glasgow Airport, was represented on the day by Craig Martin, Head of HR. Craig discussed the merits of the airport’s three-year partnership with the school and its commitment to offering development opportunities for staff as well as being able to promote the different careers paths available within Glasgow Airport.

“It was fantastic to hear more about the school and the young people. I was very interested to hear that the young girls come from throughout Glasgow and almost 50% live in Glasgow’s most deprived areas. I have expressed an interest to support the school and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Collette McGowan, Analog Devices

Businesses from a wide range of sectors attended, including AHR Architects, Apple, AXA Insurance, Analog Devices and the Rainbow Rooms. These businesses all expressed an interest in supporting, as well as Bank of Scotland and Parseq.

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