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  • Apr 20 / 2018
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Girls Basketball Success

The girls worked very hard this season to beat previous Cup winners. This lead them to the Scottish Cup Finals. The Cup Finals took place at the Oriam Centre in Edinburgh on Tuesday 27th March. The team were up against St Thomas of Acquins RC who have 3 players that currently play to a very high level. The girls showed real grit and determination through the first quarter and into the second quarter to keep the score close. However, the margin got bigger and unfortunately St Thomas of Acquins RC had a good run at scoring and the gap widened. The final score was 99-73. 

Top scorers of the game are as follows:

Heather Ritchie – 19

Heather Fraser – 18

Laura Collins – 18

Niamh MacLeod – 13

Well done girls, you should all be very proud of yourself! 


Team list: S6 – Heather Fraser and Niamh MacLeod 

                  S5 – Laura Collins

                  S4 – Heather Ritchie

                  S3 – Heather Wilson and Katie Darroch

                  S2 – Claire Ritchie and Olivia Stalker

                  S1 – Dayna Thomson

  • Apr 20 / 2018
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Family Fitness App – NHS Scotland and Andy Murray

Family fitness app idea by Renfrewshire pupils praised by NHS Scotland

Pupils at a Renfrewshire school who invented a family fitness app praised by NHS Scotland and Andy Murray could see their idea become a reality.

A team of five sixth-year students from Erskine’s Park Mains High School created the ‘Health Buzz’ app, which tracks the health and wellbeing of the whole family.

The prototype won a prestigious competition, the #DigiInventorsChallenge, run by the Digital Health and Care Institute in conjunction with Andy Murray.

Now pupils will work with Scottish-based technology experts SwarmOnline this summer to see how the app may be developed.

NHS Scotland Chief Executive Paul Gray also visited the school this week to congratulate the team and find out more about the app through a presentation by pupils.

The team of Emily Bannon, Craig Kennedy, Adam Hazle, Luisa Steele and Connor Wilson, all 17-years-old, received a £2,000 cash prize for their school, new personal tech, as well as the opportunity to have their idea made into a reality.

Paul Gray said: “This is a fantastic idea from the students at Park Mains High School. We all know how popular fitness trackers are, so this is a great way to build on that and get active as a family.

“The number of Scots being physically active has risen in the last five years, and we really want to keep that going. For example, by walking just one mile a day, people can make huge changes to their lives.”

“This app is also an excellent example of how innovation can help improve our mental and physical health – 2018 is the year to get Scots more active.”

The app won first place in the challenge which aims to find new ways to help young people keep active and stay healthy.

Along with other shortlisted teams, the pupils were invited to an inventor’s boot camp to develop their proposals through a series of master classes by industry experts.

They then presented to a panel of expert judges, including Andy himself and got to meet the star at the SSE Hydro event in November, where he played Roger Federer in an exhibition match.

Former Wimbledon champion Andy revealed how impressed he is with the pupil’s design and said: “I liked this idea straight away, it’s a really big achievement for the team behind it. Anything that gets people moving more is a good thing and will hopefully help to improve the health of the nation.”

Judges also praised the team’s high quality professional pitch and recognised the potential of the app to transform lives by focussing on the family as a whole, and not just individuals.

Renfrewshire Council’s Children’s Services and Education Convener, Councillor Jim Paterson said: “In the Year of Young People it’s wonderful to see how Renfrewshire school pupils can come up with such creative and award-winning ideas that could benefit us all. I look forward to hearing the progress of the app.”

Emily Bannon from the team said: “We are happy to get as far as we have with the app and want to make fitness more a hobby than a chore across the generations and maybe help make a difference to people.

“We have become so passionate about it and are excited to see what comes next.”

Park Mains Head teacher Michael Dewar, said: “This was an outstanding achievement from a group of very talented S6 pupils. Our hope is that the app will be developed to help make a positive impact on the health and well-being of families across the country.”

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Active Schools Co-ordinator at Park Mains and the pupil’s mentor, Olivia Bell, said: “We are overwhelmed with how far we have come and hope the app will eventually be accessible in our local and wider primary schools and allow pupils to utilise technology that is already at their fingertips.”

The shortlist for this year’s challenge will be announced on May 30th.

George Crooks Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Park Mains High School and SwarmOnline to help develop their idea from the #DigiInventorsChallenge.”


  • Apr 19 / 2018
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Career Opportunity

Civil Engineer
Modern Apprenticeship


Civil engineering design technicians will be on a Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship which will run over a two year period during which you will undertake a supervised programme of training and college day release which can lead to Technician Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

There is the opportunity to go onto further study to enable you to be qualified to degree level and achieve the Chartered Engineer status.

You will work towards an HNC in Civil Engineering alongside a Level 3 SVQ in The Built Environment .

You will be required to attend college one day a week and report to the office for the remaining four days a week.

£11,500 – £12,500 per yearGlasgowFull-time (32 Hours)

Glasgow Kelvin College30/04/2018

SCQF level 6/7 / MA level 3

More information available on www.apprenticeships.scot

  • Apr 19 / 2018
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Career Opportunity

Maintenance Engineering

Castle Precision Engineering

Job overview

  1. Support all maintenance and facilities tasks within the business
    2. Achieve required qualifications through college and work based learning.
    3. Observe and adhere to the Company Health, Safety and Environmental standards.
    4. Work as part of a team to achieve a high standard of workplace practices
    5. Liaise with other departments within the business

£10,140 – £10,140 per year Glasgow Full-time (39 Hours)

West College Glasgow 11/05/2018

SCQF level 6/7 / MA level 3


For more information look on :- www.apprenticeships.scot

  • Apr 19 / 2018
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Career Opportunity



Balfour Beatty is the UK’s largest construction and infrastructure business. Each day our projects change people’s lives and communities for the better. We built the famous London Aquatic Centre and you’ll find our mark in all kinds of infrastructure like schools and hospitals, major roads, rail and power networks. Each year we seek the best apprentices to come and join our ever changing business.
About the role:
You will follow a training programme as part of our ICE-accredited programme, geared towards you achieving Incorporated Engineer status. Depending on project requirements, you will be site or office based.

What will I learn?

The following qualifications will be gained:
* BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
* Engineering Technician status and Technician Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
* Incorporated Engineer status and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers
As well as strong numeracy and well-developed team and people skills, you have the passion and enthusiasm to keep the momentum going on a project. You will be able to set the pace as well as the standards for the team. You will also have the ability to describe what interests and motivates you to the construction industry.

What qualification or qualities are required?

Who we’re looking for:
Minimum of five National 5/GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grades A-C including Maths, English and Science, with a B in Maths
Minimum 2 Highers, A-levels, HNC or equivalent at grades A-C including Maths, Science or Engineering
Pass pre-employment medical which will include a Drug & Alcohol test

MORE INFORMATION AND HOW TO APPLY ON www.apprenticeships.scot

  • Apr 19 / 2018
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Career Opportunity

Warehouse Operative

WH Malcolm                   Linwood


What might a typical day in this job look like?

Warehousing apprentices are based within a warehouse environment, getting involved in receiving goods from deliveries, placing goods in storage and processing orders from dispatch to customers. Assembling orders for dispatch and dispatching goods for delivery will also be part of the course.

What will I learn?

GTG Training provides students with the best training environment to develop skills, together with full time employment opportunities to help develop skills further. Regular assessments and reviews will ensure apprentices achieve the required skills to successfully complete their modern apprenticeship.

What qualification or qualities are required?

Minimum requirements are Maths & English at National 4 or above.
Only successful candidates will be contacted.

£7,500 – £10,000 per yearLinwoodFull-time (39 Hours)

GTG Training 27/04/2018 SCQF level 5 / MA level 2

More details on www.apprenticeships.scot

  • Apr 19 / 2018
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Career Opportunity

Sales Consultant

Thomas Cook

If you’re looking for a rewarding career as part of an ambitious team, want to continue your personal development, earn a salary and be rewarded for your achievements through commission and incentives, then look no further!

Key dates for your diary:

Interviews – April/May 2018
Offer – May/June 2018
Target Start date – July 2018-Sept 2018*

*Your start date will be confirmed shortly after your offer of employment.

Role Details:

• A 24 month apprenticeship contract with the opportunity of a permanent position (dependent upon qualification achievement)
• 37.5 hours per week
• Training salary (increasing in the second year) + on target earnings, company benefits and holiday discounts

FOR MORE INFORMATION LOOK AT :- www.apprenticeships.scot

  • Apr 19 / 2018
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Career Opportunity

Body Repairer

McKinnon & Forbes

Job overview

The Modern Apprenticeship Programmes allow apprentices to work full time and have the opportunity to earn while they learn and to put theory into practice within an automotive training environment.
As well as attending the training centre for week block release of training, regular assessment and reviews will be undertaken within the apprentice’s own workplace which aims to ensure they have the required skills to successfully complete their apprenticeship.

What might a typical day in this job look like?

This programme covers the following areas:
Assessing a vehicle to establish the extent of damage
Based on the initial assessment, deciding whether to repair or replace bodywork
Removing damaged panels
Stripping and refitting trim and panel interior
Refitting new/repaired panels
You will be based within a Body Shop, involved in learning all aspects of repairing accident damaged vehicles, including chassis alignment techniques, panel repair and replacement, welding and preparing vehicles for painting

£7,280 – £7,500 per year Paisley Full-time (39 Hours)

GTG Training03/05/2018

SCQF level 6/7 / MA level 3                                      For more information look on www.apprenticeships.scot

  • Apr 19 / 2018
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Career Opportunity

Customer Service Assistant

Barrhead Travel   – Glasgow

  • Working within a fun, busy environment learning all there is to know about the travel industry
  • Reporting to the Customer Service Manager, the role will require an individual dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service to our internal and external customer
  • You will be proficient in investigating, recording and resolving any customer dissatisfaction in a swift and professional manner to exceed expectations

What qualification or qualities are required?

  • We provide bespoke and engaging training for our Modern Apprentices
    • We believe that young people are the future of our business
    • We’re always looking for bright, enthusiastic people aged 16 to 19 (you can apply until age 29 if you are disabled or care experienced) who have the determination to succeed, regardless of qualifications or experience

£7,215 – £7,215 per year Glasgow Full-time (37 Hours)

Intraining 31/05/2018

SCQF level 5 / MA level 2

For more information look at www.apprenticeships.scot

  • Apr 19 / 2018
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Football Team News

  • League play-off finals for U14 will take place on Sat 12th May 2018 at St James’ Playing Fields in Paisley, with 9.30am kick-off. This team involves S1 and S2 pupils who have work hard in every match and deserve their place in the final. Anyone who wishes to attend and support the team would be welcome to come along.


  • Ben Harwood and the Scotland team will be playing their last game in the Centenary Shield on Thursday 19th April with an evening kick off against Wales in Dumfries. We wish him and the squad good luck!


  • The U18 team are in the semi-finals of the St Mirren Cup with a 2 – 0 win over St Ninians HS . Their opponents will be confirmed soon, more information to follow.