PUPILS from Ardrossan Academy were among hundreds of students to meet with employers at a business and languages event this month.

The S3 students joined 250 pupils from schools across the west of Scotland for the Business Brunch at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow.

The event saw learners engage with employers from a range of sectors, all who view language skills as key to the growth and success of their company.

The event was organised by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages based at the University of Strathclyde in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, and the University Council for Modern Languages Scotland.

Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “This event provided the young people from Ardrossan Academy with an exciting opportunity to engage with a range of local employers to learn about the importance of language to business.

“This was a valuable experience for our young people as they start to think about their future careers. We hope the Business Brunch will act as a catalyst for the pupils to ensure they continue to develop their language skills as these skills can play such an important role in whatever path they choose in life.”

Gordon Robb, VR Growth Ltd and one of the speakers at the event, added: “What a fantastic opportunity for young people thinking about learning languages to find out what a difference it can make to them and their future opportunities in business.”