Think you don't need English because you're pursuing a career in science, computing or numeracy? Think again! Although some Uni courses which are very focused on sciences, computing, numeracy, do not require Higher English, really great jobs for graduates in those fields DO require Higher English. You will be looked upon favourably if applying for a post in any of these professions and you have Higher English under your belt.

Do you have a passion for media and all things film and TV related? Screen Education Edinburgh are looking for young people with a passion for film and looking to make a career out of the film industry.

Starting over the weekend of the 4th and the 5th of November and running until the 21st January, participants will receive a comprehensive training in storytelling, production, sound recording, directing, editing and camera and will shoot and edit their own short film.

Working with key organisations and individuals within the Film Industry, we will provide them with an understanding of the commercial industry, cultural knowledge of the film value chain and the skills they need to help make a career in film a reality.

Over the past four years we have run BFI Film Academies across Scotland, and have trained and developed over 120 young people, helping them to produce over 14 short films. Participants have progressed from the Academy onto college and university film and media courses, national residential courses in specialisms such as VFX, Screenwriting, Cinematography, onto film and TV sets and some have even started their own production companies.

See information sheet below with further information on the course and where to access the application form. Please do distribute this where you feel is appropriate, and if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Applications are open now and will close at 5pm on Sunday 29th of October.

The Edinburgh Guarantee - Regular Job Vacancies

The Edinburgh Guarantee exists to make sure that every school leaver in Edinburgh will leave school with the choice of a job, Further Education or training opportunity. Every bulletin features multiple opportunities - modern apparenticeships, internships, short term work placements, fixed contracts and permanent jobs,

Click the link below and check the page regularly for job opportunities - open the PDF in the downloads section for more details.

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Access the Scottish Book Trust Website to take the next step in your writing career!

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Whether you're a new writer, an experienced author or a young creative, make today the day you take the next step in your writing career. Find out more about our **New Writers Awards**, check out some of our current writing opportunities, and, if you're aged between 13-19, **sign up for StoryCon 2017**.

New Writers Awards 2018 now open

Are you an aspiring author in Scotland working on fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry or children's/YA fiction? Are you ready to really commit to your writing? Apply for a 2018 New Writers Award before 5 Jul 2017.

Young writer? Book your place at StoryCon!

If you're aged between 13-19 and being creative is your thing, check out StoryCon 2017 - Scotland's biggest creative writing and illustration get-together for teens. Meet published authors, chat to peers and get inspired for your own writing future. **Book now** and we'll see you in Glasgow on 24 or 25 Jun 2017.

5 proofreading hacks that will fix your writing

Spot (and quash) mistakes with our five great tips for proofreading your own writing. It's essential advice whether you're blogging, entering competitions or at the stage of sharing your work with editors and agents.

Write us a foodie story in 50 words

Tell us a story in 50 words or less and you could win a cool prize from **The Literary Gift Company**. This month, we're challenging you to write a story set during a family meal. Num, num. If 1,000 words is more your style, remember to **write a real-life tale** for our Nourish campaign.

Check out these opportunities for writers

Whether you're brand new to writing or you've got hundreds of thousands of words under your belt, give your writing a kickstart with the help of the events and competitions on our Opportunities for Writers page.

Into Film is still looking for 12-19 year olds to join our Young Reporters programme. We have extended the deadline to Friday 9 October to ensure that everyone who wants to apply can.

Being a Young Reporter is a fantastic opportunity for young people that are passionate about film. The programme involves the opportunity to interview film stars, attend red carpet and press events, and to create content for our media channels including YouTube.

Young people will develop their reporting and reviewing skills which will in turn enhance literacy and attainment. They will gain confidence and will also have the opportunity to find out more about the world of film, including what careers are available. They are supported throughout the programme by our team, and all travel and associated costs are covered.

You can find the application form at - please share this withany 12-19 year olds that might be interested. If you have any questions about the programme please contact my colleage Charlie-May Bingham on

BFI Film Academy

Screen Education Edinburgh have just launched recruitment for their BFI Film Academy, open to 16-19 year olds living in the South East of Scotland.

The BFI Film Academy offers young people with a passion for film training for every industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera; and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture.

More details are available here:

Applications for the academy are open now and forms can be found on the link above.

If you have any questions please contact the course organiser Neil Rolland directly:

‘What’s Your Story?’ – Groundbreaking new writer development programme for 14-17 year olds throughout Scotland

We're looking for 10 young writers with stories to tell!
Stories worth sharing don’t only live in books, or even on paper, and creative writing definitely isn’t just something you do in school. If you’re keen to create, to share, and to gain skill as a writer or illustrator we can’t wait to hear from you!

We’re not just talking novels and poems; we also want video games, blogs, fanfic, slam poetry and spoken word, TV, movies, comic books, journalism, illustration, zines, song lyrics, web serials and anything you’d like to write!

So, what will we actually do?
There are 10 places on our programme, running from November 2015 to June 2016, and featuring:
  • Mentoring from an industry professional who will pass on their knowledge and skills. You will work with them to make, edit and perfect your work.
  • A weekend creative retreat to beautiful Moniack Mhor.
  • The opportunity to help plan a Young Writers Conference which will be held in June 2016. You’ll decide what will happen and who to invite as speakers.
  • Helping to create an online platform that will reach out to other teen writers throughout Scotland.

What do I need to apply?
Applicants need…
  • To be aged between 14 and 17 on 28 September 2015.
  • To live in Scotland.
  • To be able to come on an awesome weekend retreat from Friday 20 November to Sunday 22 November 2015.
  • To have or make a sample of creative work to submit (see ‘**Application Guidelines**’ for details).
  • If you’re under 16, you need to have your parent/carer’s permission to apply.

Who should apply?
Everyone who meets the criteria above and cares about stories, writing or illustration should apply!

What's the deadline?
Deadline for applications is Monday 28 September at noon

Want more information? Ready to apply? Visit Good luck!

Careers Clinic

Runs every Wednesday lunchtime

SFP Room 1 across from ELP

1.20pm to 1.40pm

With Heather McAulay - Careers Coach


Posted: August 2015

If you are a senior pupil and interested in studying or a career in any of the following then you should participate in the upcoming Mini-Trials:

  • media

  • journalism

  • any aspect of law or legal studies

  • criminology

  • English

  • debating

  • drama

This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a mock trial; see inside the sheriff court (including the cells); meet judges, advocates, the procurator fiscal and learn about the workings of the Scottish legal system. Forrester have successfully participated in this event many times in the past and it would look great on a UCAS form or CV.

Calling all budding filmmakers!

Screen Education Edinburgh are running a BFI Film Academy Craft Residential filmmaking course from 30th July to 9th August, and we are inviting applications from young people, aged 16-19 across the UK to apply.

The course allows young people with a strong interest in film making, over the course of eleven days, to intensively explore the film making process with experience in hands-on-training, production work, advice and master classes, offering a unique programme for participants where they will develop key skills in areas such as directing, camera, sound, writing and editing. As this is a residential course, all accommodation and food is provided, and travel bursaries are available.

Interested young people can read more and watch a short film about the BFI Film Academy Scotland Craft Residential, as well as download an application from here:

Applications are open now and will close on Friday 26th June.

Opportunity for a young person to join Unicef UK's Board of Trustees

Unicef UK is currently recruiting a new Youth Adviser for its Board of Trustees to start in October 2015. The role of the Youth Adviser is to contribute to the work of the board by advising Trustees on how Unicef UK’s objectives can further incorporate young people. This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about children's rights to get involved in the organisation's work. Experience of being a trustee is not required and support will be provided.

The post is open to young people aged between 16-24 and the deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 12 June 2015 (please note that anyone under 18 will need consent from a parent/guardian and their school/college if appointed).

All the information and documents needed to apply are available on our website here: and if you have any queries on the role, you can contact Wendy Brion on 020 7375 6025 or email her at


BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter Scheme just kicked off giving talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds the opportunity to learn and develop ‪sports ‪‎reporting skills at the ‪BBC.

These work experience placements are two days a week for eight weeks during July and August 2015. Placements will be available at BBC‪local radio and online sites across the UK, looking for talented applicants, male or female, from a range of backgrounds and experiences.

What’s on offer?
  • Full training
  • A mentor from your chosen BBC site
  • The chance to learn how to interview and write sports stories for radio and online
  • The opportunity to go to sports events and be part of a team bringing all the excitement of sport to BBC audiences.

They are looking for:
  • You'll need to be aged 18 or over on 1st July 2015. There are no other age limitations
  • A proven passion for ‪sport
  • A willingness to further your career in ‪‎sports journalism

You don’t need to have any prior journalism experience or training to apply.
Previous ‪Kick Off ‪‎Trainee Sports Reporters have gone on to work full time in sport for the BBC across the UK, from local radio to BBC Sport, Salford.

Want to know more? Please check out…/trainee-s…/journalism/kick-off-schem