Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) have been recognised by Developing the Young Workforce North East Scotland (DWYNES) for their inspiring work with schools and third parties in the region.
As the largest venue in the north of Scotland, hosting a wide range of events such as concerts, comedy shows, exhibitions and conferences; many young people entering the jobs market are attracted to working at AECC.
The venue, who hold an accreditation with Investors in Young People (IIYP), work with local schools and education bodies, including the Robert Gordon University and the North East of Scotland College, to bring groups of students to the venue for informational talks and behind the scenes tours.
In addition to this, AECC have partnered with local schools to offer work experience places to pupils both those interested in working within the events industry, and those looking for a general foundation in the areas of the business, such as Finance, Operations, Business Tourism, Human Resources and Event Management.
AECC also work closely with social enterprises such as Aberdeen Foyer, a charity who work with individuals to create opportunities for learning, skills development, work experience and volunteering to increase employment prospects; and social enterprise Momentum’s Employment Development Team Programme. Over the last five years AECC have employed seven individuals through these ventures.
AECC’s Human Resources Manager, Louise Mackie, commented: “As a company whose business revolves around people, we want to inspire and encourage future generations into the industry. We have a first class team at the venue and our strong links with local schools and educational establishments are important to us; we are constantly looking at ways of nurturing and continuing to develop these.”